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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 10:51 p.m.
 

Pascal Dupuis pulled out his dangling front tooth Wednesday night.

That was not intended as a message to the big, bad Boston Bruins.

The way the Penguins claimed a 3-2 victory at Consol Energy Center was the message.

“We did play physical, played in their zone … managed our emotions, too,” Dupuis said.

Third-period goals by winger Jussi Jokinen and center Brandon Sutter pushed the Penguins (9-4-0, 18 points) to one of their best Octobers.

Of course, the Penguins are about April, May and June. So are the Bruins. That's why this game was not celebrated by the participants much more than another contest in the first month of the season.

Players from both sides seem to almost expect a rematch of the Eastern Conference final, which the Bruins swept last postseason.

The Penguins showed they are maybe ready for a return engagement. As winger Tanner Glass noted, the Penguins delivered on a “strategy to get pucks behind (Boston) defensemen.”

That led to puck possession, something scarcely seen in the playoffs.

Unable to generate much around Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in the East final, the Penguins provided a net-front presence in this victory. Their first goal, scored by Chris Kunitz in the second period, was a rebound from a deflection/shot by defenseman Kris Letang. Kunitz's goal, his sixth, also was a power-play score.

The Penguins were 0 for 15 with the advantage in the East final. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played only in Game 2 of that series — a 6-1 loss that turned the East final for good.

Fleury made 21 saves Wednesday night. Only a re-direct by Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and a booming one-timer by right winger Jarome Iginla eluded Fleury, who improved to 9-2-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

Fleury is off to a career-best start; Sutter felt like a career had passed since he had scored.

Sutter's goal with nine minutes left in regulation was his first in 18 regular-season games dating to last season and his first since that Game 2 loss against Boston. His fourth goal in eight games (playoffs included) for the Penguins against the Bruins looked a lot like the one he scored against Rask in Game 2.

“There's already been a few comments about that,” Sutter said. “Good timing, too.”

Indeed, as it pushed the Penguins to a 2-1 lead.

Jokinen intercepted a pass by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk before sending a shot behind Rask with 2:02 remaining for his sixth goal and the eventual winner.

The Penguins scored only twice against Boston in the East final, where they dropped one-goal decisions in Games 3 and 4 on the road.

“The thing for us was to stay patient and disciplined,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “When you're playing against them, you know you're not going to get many chances.

“You've got to bury the ones that you get.”

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Jussi Jokinen celebrates his winning goal against the Bruins in the third period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Jussi Jokinen celebrates his winning goal against the Bruins in the third period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Chris Kuntiz get the puck past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the second period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Chris Kuntiz get the puck past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the second period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Olli Maatta takes out the Bruins' Brad Marchand in the first period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Olli Maatta takes out the Bruins' Brad Marchand in the first period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Tanner Glass defends on the Bruins' Jarome Iginla in the first period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Tanner Glass defends on the Bruins' Jarome Iginla in the first period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Sidney Crosby works his way past the Bruins' Zdeno Chara in the first period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Sidney Crosby works his way past the Bruins' Zdeno Chara in the first period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Jussi Jokinen celebrates his winning goal in the third period against the Bruins on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Jussi Jokinen celebrates his winning goal in the third period against the Bruins on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask makes a first-period save on the the Penguins' Jayson Megna on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask makes a first-period save on the the Penguins' Jayson Megna on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins celebrate Chris Kunitz second-period goal against the Bruins on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins celebrate Chris Kunitz second-period goal against the Bruins on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a second-period save as the Bruins' Zdeno Chara tries to redirect the puck Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a second-period save as the Bruins' Zdeno Chara tries to redirect the puck Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Chris Kuntiz gets the puck past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the second period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Chris Kuntiz gets the puck past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the second period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Robert Bortuzzo fights with the Bruins' Jordan Caron in the third period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Robert Bortuzzo fights with the Bruins' Jordan Caron in the third period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Brandon Sutter beats Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for the third-period goal Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Brandon Sutter beats Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for the third-period goal Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Matt Niskanen poke checks the puck away from the Bruins' Reilly Smith in the second period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Matt Niskanen poke checks the puck away from the Bruins' Reilly Smith in the second period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Brooks Orpik checks the Bruins' Brad Marchand in the second period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Brooks Orpik checks the Bruins' Brad Marchand in the second period Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Sidney Crosby fist pumps Chris Kuntiz after Kuntiz beat Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for a second-period goal Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Sidney Crosby fist pumps Chris Kuntiz after Kuntiz beat  Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for a second-period goal Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at Consol Energy Center.
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