The Boston Bruins trailed 4-2 going into the third period on Wednesday night, in a hostile CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, but five third-period goals helped spark a 7-4 comeback victory for the black and gold.
Mark Recchi led the B’s surge in the final period with a goal and two assists. Tim Thomas improved to 8-0 on the season as the Bruins took advantage of a major third-period collapse from Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
Trailing 4-2, Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara caught lightning in a bottle with two quick goals within the first five minutes as Shawn Thornton netted the game-winner with 7:20 to play. Blake Wheeler and Milan Lucic iced the victory with goals in the final four minutes of action.
Thomas had a season-high 42 saves while extending a franchise record by winning his eighth straight decision to start a season. Horton scored his seventh goal of the season, which leads all Bruins scorers.
Boston is now 8-3-1 with 17 points in the Eastern Conference and improved to 6-1 away from the TD Garden. They welcome rival Montreal to the Garden on Thursday as the Canadiens come to town with 19 points as the B’s look to take over the top spot in the Northeast Division with a win.