BOSTON -- Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist, Kris Letang had three assists and Brent Johnson made 26 saves as the Penguins beat the Bruins, 5-3, Tuesday at TD Garden. Resting Tim Thomas and some other regulars, the Bruins gave a solid effort, with the line of Milan Lucic (goal, assist), David Krejci (goal, assist) and Rich Peverley (two assists) leading the way, while Marty Turco made 22 saves for Boston.
Peverley fitting in with Lucic and Krejci -- There has been plenty of speculation recently that Bruins winger Nathan Horton, who's been out since Jan. 22 with a concussion, may not return this season. While that wouldn’t be good, Peverley is showing that he may be a very solid alternative on a line with Horton’s regular linemates, Lucic and Krejci. Peverley had a goal and an assist Tuesday, and has two goals and an assisst in six games since returning from a knee injury March 25 at Anaheim. His speed and versatility provide a great two-way game that Krejci and Lucic can feed off and he very well could be the answer on that line in Horton’s absence.
Boychuk hurt -- Defenseman Johnny Boychuk collided with Aaron Asham midway through the third period and appeared to injure his knee. He had to be helped off the ice and did not return. If Boychuk is out for an extended period of time, it would be a big blow to the Bruins' blue line.
Seguin gets Seventh Player award -- Bruins forward Tyler Seguin was awarded the Seventh Player award as voted by fans and given to the player who performs above and beyond the call of duty and exceeds expectations. Seguin leads the Bruins with 65 points in 78 games after having just 22 points in 74 games last season.
Thomas gets night off -- Bruins goalie Tim Thomas got the night off and wasn’t even dressed as the back-up. Instead it was Anton Khudobin backing up Turco, who made his fourth and possibly last start with the Bruins. Turco was signed as a free agent after the trade deadline so he's not eligible for the playoff roster. Coach Claude Julien hinted Tuesday morning that Khudobin may get a start in the final two games and said Thomas would start one too. Turco was average at best, allowing five goals on 27 shots, but that can happen to the best of goalies when the Penguins offense is clicking.
Krug, Paille in; McQuaid, Zanon, Caron out -- In addition to Thomas, the Bruins rested some other regulars in defensemen Adam McQuaid and Greg Zanon as well as forward Jordan Caron. McQuaid skated Tuesday morning but continues to recover from an eye injury and Caron was out with the flu. Zanon was a healthy scratch to pave the way for rookie Torey Krog to make his NHL debut. Daniel Paille replaced Caron.
Here’s what the lineup looked like to start the game:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Torey Krug-Johnny Boychuk