December 7, 2013

NHL: Chara goal gives Bruins win over Penguins

Defenseman scores goal with 13 seconds left in regulation

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Orpik’s injury came after he was in a scrum with a few Penguins players with Boston’s Gregory Campbell in the Pittsburgh defensive end of the ice.

Boston’s Brad Marchand was injured in front of the Bruins’ bench near center ice before Thornton came charging down and grabbed Orpik. Players on the ice immediately called for medical help and he was surrounded before being taken off the ice to a polite applause from the crowd.

Neal was assessed a kneeing penalty for his hit on Marchand.

Some of the bad blood between the teams came from the game’s opening minute when Orpik hit Eriksson in the head with his shoulder as the winger started to head up ice. Eriksson was dazed as he slowly made his way to the bench and was helped down the runway to the dressing room. He didn’t return.

Early in the third, Smith missed a wide-open side of the net when his shot went over the crossbar. Chara hit the right post with 21/2 minutes to play.

Boston swept the Penguins last spring to advance to the Stanley Cup finals, which it lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.

In the teams’ previous meeting, Crosby scored with less than a second left in regulation before Torey Krug scored the winner for the Bruins in overtime.

Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg stopped what looked like a certain goal by Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen by sliding across the crease to make a leg save with Rask completely on the other side.

Notes: Julien said earlier in the day that D Johnny Boychuk would miss “three to seven days” and the club is planning on bringing him on a four-game road trip that begins Sunday at Toronto. Boychuk was taken off the ice on a stretcher Thursday in Boston’s loss in Montreal, but Julien said “we feared the worst and I think we got as good of news as we could get.” Boychuk had an MRI Friday that found no fractures. ... Penguins C Evgeni Malkin missed his second straight game with an undisclosed lower body injury. Malkin was the NHL’s leading scorer in November. ... Kunitz headed to the locker room for a while in the second after taking a stick in the chin from Marchand, who was given a double minor. ... It was the third and final regular season meeting of the season. Boston won two.

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