Series (Game 3 of 4)

Boston leads 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 8th
Game 2: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 3: Saturday, November 5th
Game 4: Wednesday, February 8th

Penguins 3

(3-6-5, 11 pts)

Bruins 6

(7-5-4, 18 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 5, 2005

TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

1 2 3 T
PIT 1 0 23
BOS 3 2 16

P. Bergeron (Bruins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

J. Thornton (Bruins - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

J. Slegr (Bruins - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

Pittsburgh (3-5-5) at Boston (6-5-4) 7:00 pm EST

Pittsburgh (3-5-5) at Boston (6-5-4), 7:00 pm EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- One of the bumps in the road in the Pittsburgh Penguins' early-season slump, the Boston Bruins will attempt to maintain control of the season series when the teams meet Saturday.

The Bruins posted a pair of victories over the Penguins, including a 6-3 decision here on October 22, to contribute to Pittsburgh's 0-4-5 start.

However, the Penguins have turned things around with three wins in their last four games, including victories in the first two games of a season-high five-game road trip.

Rookie sensation Sidney Crosby had the first two-goal game of his young career in Pittsburgh' 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday. The 18-year-old had not scored a goal in his last seven games but added an assist Thursday to increase his team-leading points total to 18.

Crosby, who won NHL Rookie of the Month for October, has one goal and four assists in the two meetings with Boston this season.

Captain Mario Lemieux and rookie defenseman Ryan Whitney each had three assists Thursday for the Penguins, who have scored at least three goals in seven straight games.

The Bruins have gained at least one point in seven consecutive outings (3-0-4) and opened their brief two-game homestand with a 4-1 win over Florida on Thursday.

Playing without star defenseman Brian Leetch, Boston denied Florida on seven power-play chances and never trailed after rookie Brad Boyes scored 7:19 into the contest.

Leetch will miss a month with a strained right MCL, but the club got a boost to its defensive unit when it hired Hall of Famer Ray Bourque as a consultant Thursday. Bourque played 21 seasons with the Bruins and ranks as the NHL's all-time point producer among defenseman.