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Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night

  • May 18, 2017 8:20 AM BST

    PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh spent four games last June futilely flailing away at Tuukka Rask as the Boston goalie shoved the Penguins out of the Eastern Conference finals one remarkable save at a time. Takkarist McKinley Womens Jersey . Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. "To get chances and capitalize on them is huge. Thats a big building block for us." Sutter and Jussi Jokinen scored 6:58 apart in the third period and the Penguins held on. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21 shots for Pittsburgh, including a sliding save on David Krejci just before the final horn. Chris Kunitz picked up his sixth goal of the season for the Penguins while Sidney Crosbys assist pushed his points total to an NHL-high 21. "We played the right way and we were the better team tonight," Jokinen said. "It kind of felt like a playoff game, a little bit those same matchups like last spring. Lots of hitting, lots of battles." Battles the Penguins won. Then again, thats what happens this time of year. Pittsburgh is 9-1 in its last 10 regular-season games against Boston. Patrice Bergeron and Jarome Iginla scored for the Bruins. Rask finished with 28 saves, but couldnt stop Boston from dropping a road game for the first time this season. "We didnt play to our identity," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We didnt play a heavy game for two periods tonight. We had to play three periods like we did in the third and that wasnt the case." The meeting between the teams was the first since Bostons emphatic four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals, when the Bruins suffocated the NHLs highest scoring team into submission. The Penguins scored only twice in nearly 14 periods of hockey and never led at any point, undone by Bostons defence and a near flawless performance by Rask, who stopped 134 of 136 shots in the series. Nearly five months later, little has changed. "I think the intensity and the atmosphere, not quite sure it was April and May and June, but it was certainly a good night for a Wednesday night rivalry game in October," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. Kunitz gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the second period when he collected a shot from teammate Kris Letang with his chest then backhanded by Rask with his back to the net. The power-play goal was the fifth given up by the Bruins in their last seven penalty kills. Bergeron tied it 1:05 into the third period with a tricky deflection between his legs over Fleurys shoulder. The fun was just starting. Sutter took a pass from Pascal Dupuis and raced in on Rask, wristing a shot over the goalies shoulder for his first regular-season goal since April. "He leaned on it and I went down and then he shot it," Rask said. "I told him good shot." Jokinen followed with 3:02 remaining when he forced a turnover high in Bostons zone and broke in on Rask, using a screen to whisk the puck past Rasks stick for his sixth goal. The Penguins ended up needing the cushion. Iginlas slap shot from the point zipped by Fleury with 1:43 left and Boston spent the final 90 seconds buzzing the Pittsburgh net but couldnt tie it up. "We didnt give too many chances but we couldnt stop them," Rask said. "Thats just about it. Weve got to stop giving up these third-period goals." The injury riddled Penguins have tweaked their formula a bit since June, trying to play a bit more responsibly on their end of the ice while still relying on Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to carry the offence. Bostons roster underwent a slightly more aggressive overhaul, including the signing of Iginla. He spent two months with the Penguins last spring in search of his first Stanley Cup title after more than 15 years in Calgary. He had five goals and six assists in 13 regular-season games with Pittsburgh and had four more goals in the playoffs but disappeared against the Bruins, though he was hardly alone. Iginlas return barely caused a stir. There was no video tribute or hand from the crowd. Only when he was knocked to the ice by Malkin and Kris Letang to end the first period -- and again dropped by Malkin in the second -- did a faint level of disapproval arise. Takkarist McKinley Falcons Jersey . -- Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since returning from a major injury, Ryan Callahan had his first goal with Tampa Bay, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night. Sean Harlow Youth Jersey . Harris has played in six games since joining the Argos in 2012, completing 17-of-35 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown.GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Injured Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he never gives up hope on playing, though he is not sure exactly when he will be back on the field. Rodgers said on his radio show on 540-AM ESPN that hes doing everything he can to return from the fractured left collarbone suffered a week earlier in a 27-20 loss to the Bears. He said hes giving the bone time to heal, and that Tuesday was the best he had felt since getting hurt. General manager Ted Thompson replenished depth Tuesday in announcing the signing of Rodgers former backup Matt Flynn, who has been released this year by the Raiders and Bills. With Rodgers hurt, Flynn will back up one-time practice squad player Scott Tolzien, who replaced Seneca Wallace in the 27-13 loss Sunday to the Eagles. Given the circumstances, Tolzien played well after Wallace left with a groin injury after the first series. Sean Harlow Womens Jersey. Coach Mike McCarthy was so impressed that hes already named Tolzien the starter for Sundays game against the Giants. Wallace was placed on injured reserve Tuesday to make room for Flynn, the Packers seventh-round draft pick in 2008 who spent four years in Green Bay. The ultimate goal is to get back to the 2011 NFL MVP. Rodgers on Tuesday pointed to "small victories" in his recovery, like sleeping through an entire night, and putting socks on without being in extreme pain. "I havent given up hope on playing any week. It depends on how I heal," Rodgers said on his radio show. "Obviously this week is probably not going to happen. Not going to happen." Pressed again, Rodgers said "probably not going to happen." 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