Rinkside Roundup begins in Pittsburgh where a late rally completed by a former Penguin helps the Boston Bruins to an impressive 4-2 comeback victory. With just under a minute to play in the third Mark Recchi knocked in his eighth of the year on the power-play, knocking home a loose puck in front of the crease for Boston. It was the third goal of four unanswered tallies by the B’s with just under four minutes to play in the final stanza.
Pittsburgh got things rolling in the second as former Albany River Rat Michael Rupp backhanded his fourth of the year off the post and into the back of the cage. Then it was a one time slapper from the point by Kris Letang for a 2-0 Pens advantage, Letang’s seventh, on the power-play.
However everything turned in the third, beginning with Zdeno Chara blasting home his own power-play goal deep from the point, his sixth to cut the lead in half. Boston then squared things at 2-2 on a Brad Marchand wrister, his seventh.
Of course finally this all set up Recchi’s winner and an empty netter from Gregory Campbell to salt things away, as the B’s made a statement in Pittsburgh 4-2.
A wild affair in Colorado saw the Avalanche down the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. The contest saw former Adirondack Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom post a goal and an assist for Detroit.
Late in the second, down 5-2, Holmstrom fed Henrik Zetterberg for his 16th goal of the season on the power-play to cut the lead to 5-3. Midway through the third on the power-play once again it was Holmstrom cashing in for his eleventh goal on the season and to pull the Red Wings to within one. Holmstrom now has 22 points for Detroit.
The Phoenix Coyotes defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a back and forth affair at St. Louis. Former Albany River Rats enforcer Cam Janssen, now of the Blues, dropped the gloves with Paul Bissonnette. Janssen now has 61 PIM on the year.
Finally out in Los Angeles the Toronto Maple Leafs were able to hold off the Kings 3-2.