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September 11, 2009 10:03 AM

Penguins End Perfect Week for Bruins' Rookies

Following two close victories to begin the rookie tournament, the Boston Bruins were hoping to make it a perfect 3-for-3 on Thursday, as they took on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite a second straight phenomenal effort between the pipes, the Bruins came up on the short end, dropping a 3-2 decision at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

For the second day in a row, fans in Kitchener were treated to an early display of offense. The Penguins started the scoring at the exact halfway mark of the opening period, when Casey Pierro-Zabotel lit the lamp from Robert Bortuzzo and Lane Caffaro.

A little more than three minutes later, Boston came up with an answer. After receiving a pass from Jason Wilson, Marc Zanetti sent a shot in the direction of the net. Jordan Knackstedt got a piece of Zanetti's shot, sending it past Patrick Killeen.

The score stayed tied for a mere 21 seconds, before the Bruins turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage. Jeff LoVecchio found the back of the net for his first tally of the week, with the lone assist going to Zach Hamill. The helper gave Hamill at least one point in each of the three rookie contests, while also giving him the outright lead with five points (all assists). Jamie Arniel's four points (all goals) were second behind Boston's first pick from the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Boston's lead lasted for just under three minutes, as Pittsburgh evened the score. Andy Bathgate's tally from Jonathan D'Aversa and Nicholas Petersen sent the two clubs into the dressing rooms knotted at two.

In a similar twist to Wednesday's game against Ottawa, the second period went by without any scoring.

At the 9:10 mark of the third period, the Penguins went ahead for good. Jonathan D'Aversa and Lane Caffaro each picked up their second assists of the afternoon, setting up Keven Veilleux for Pittsburgh's third goal of the game.

Boston turned up the heat in the closing minutes of the contest, but Patrick Killeen kept his team ahead, ultimately hanging on for the 3-2 victory. The Pittsburgh netminder ended the day with 20 saves on 22 shots in the winning effort. Matt Dalton did all he could in goal for the Bruins, stopping 49 of the 52 shots he faced. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough, as he and the B's came up short.

The Boston Bruins' rookies went 2-1-0 in this week's tournament, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, while losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Boston scored 12 goals and allowed 11 in the three games.

The rookies now return home to Boston, where they will join the veterans for the first day of the regular portion of training camp on Saturday. Saturday will be used for off-ice testing, leading into the first day of on-ice work on Sunday at the TD Garden.

Scoring Summary:
1. PIT Pierro-Zabotel (Bortuzzo, Caffaro) 10:00
1. BOS Knackstedt (2) (Zanetti, Wilson) 13:05
1. BOS LoVecchio (1) (Hamill) 13:26
1. PIT Bathgate (D'Aversa, Petersen) 16:20
2. PIT Veilleux (D'Aversa, Caffaro) 9:10

BOS Matt Dalton (0-1-0): 52 shots, 49 saves
PIT Patrick Killeen: 22 shots, 20 saves

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