Since game 5 in the Conference Semi-Finals, cool hand Tuuk has made 162 of 165 saves. Cindy Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both posted donuts in the point column over the four games of the series. The lone goal scored in game four, deflected off of none other than Jarome Iginla’s stick thus eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins and sending the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup appearance in three years.
Just amazing how a team, who was literally minutes away from elimination and a total rebuild of a franchise, makes one of the greatest one period come backs in playoff history and then strings off eight wins in nine games earning another chance to raise the greatest trophy in all of sports.
The Pittsburgh Penguins looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Controlling the puck, putting a lot of shots on goal and working a quality power play. The only problem is Tuukka Rask is between the pipes and is denying the Penguins any opportunity for goals. Rask made 53 saves in the Bruins 2-1 double overtime victory.
Pittsburgh dominated the face-off dot which is something they had not done in the first two games of the series. But it seemed like what ever the Penguins tied to do they could not find an answer to find some offense.
It is not the game winning goal, but the play of the game. Gregory Campbell. Takes some HUGEE stones to block a shot in the NHL, it takes bigger ones to block a shot, have your leg broken, stand your ass back up and stay in the play for an extra forty-six seconds.
The two teams will square off in game four Friday night and you got to believe the Penguins are really questioning if they have any sort of answer for this Bruins team. The leagues most high powered offense has only two goals in 10+ periods of hockey this series.
NESN — Even pilots are getting in on the Sidney Crosby bashing.
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, the pilot on a JetBlue flight back to Boston on Tuesday morning heard a crying baby and went on the intercom to ask if it was the Penguins captain. The flight just so happened to be filled with Boston media.
Nothing like some good ole airline fun.
Speaking of fun, it took all of 24 seconds for the Bruins Brad Marchand to take all the fun out of Consol Energy Arena during game two of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Marchands goal was the beginning of a six goal output by the B’s, thoroughly embarrassing the Penguins for the second time in as many games on their own ice.
Rask was once again phenomenal, only allowing one goal. The lone goal being one that no goalie in the NHL would stop, an absolute snip of the top corner.
Now as enjoyable as the first two games of this series has been for Bruins fans, just remember it could very easily go the other way in the next two games and there will be a whole new, best of three series to determine who will represent the East in the Stanley Cup Finals.
After the Bruins controlled play and barely let the Penguins get into a groove in game one, the B’s will be looking to do more of the same in game two tonight.
As I sat and watched game one in its entirety, one thing I found interesting (this could just be me) but I felt like i barely heard the names of Malkin, Crosby and Iginla. Now like I said either I just wasn’t playing enough attention or the B’s did such a good job of shutting them down there was no need for the commentators to mention them.
Sure the three of them were talked about during the scrum at the end of the second period but during actual game play, its like they were invisible.
According to NESN.com Vokoun was the first off the ice from the morning skate, so all signs point to him getting the go between the pipes tonight. And you can’t really fault him for game one, yes he gave up three goals but a team will never win if you don’t score at all.
Also from NESN…
2:25 p.m.: Maybe, just maybe Jaromir Jagr won’t play in Game 2. That’s the feeling of The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont, who is admittedly much smarter than yours truly.
Dupont tweeted just this just a few minutes ago, which is certainly very interesting.
“I would NOT be stunned if Julien opted NOT to suit up Jagr for Game 2.”
I guess sitting Jagr wouldn’t be an awful idea but at the same time, Seguin has played OK with the third line, better than he was playing on the first line. And if you do sit Jagr and move Seguin to the first line, who gets promoted…Daugavans? Soderberg?
Game one of the Eastern Conference Finals was everything as advertised…if you were expecting to see the Bruins play Montreal or Detroit play Chicago. The hatred the two teams developed over the course of two periods gave game one the feel of a game three or four in the series.
Red hot David Krejci (6) started the scoring for the Bruins in the first period. He took a shot from the tops of the circles and it was deflected by a falling Penguins skate in front of Vokoun and trickled through his legs into the net.
If you’re a Bruins fan you already know how the class feels about Matt Cooke, guys a scum bag, and thats not just Bruins fans that feel like this but most of the league. But what Matt Cooke’s deal is with Adam McQuaid is beyond me. Here is Cooke, the last time these two teams met, trying to take out McQuaid in this first game back from injury.
Then in game two Cooke lines McQuaid up from about the goal line and was thrown from the game, yet not suspended?!?! C’mon Shanny, check in bud.
The second period ended with a scuffle at center ice, Crosby running his trap to Chara until he realized he was going to get his ass kicked, turtled and tried to take on…Tuukka Rask?? What are you doing guy? Either sack up and back up what your saying and drop the mitts or don’t talk at all and sit in the corner.
Bruins answered the best way any team can answer, chalking up two more goals in the third period. Krejci (7) with a second and Horton (6) picking up a rebound back door.
Rask stood on his head, stopping all 29 shots he faced for his first career post-season shutout. Tuukka has done everything the Bruins could have asked of him so far this playoffs.
Game two should be nothing less of spectacular on Monday night.
For the first two games of this Semi-Final series, the Bruins have proven to be the better team. Now, we cannot get too ahead of ourselves because for two games in Toronto the Bruins looked like the had control of the series. There is still a lot of hockey left to be played in this series and anything can happen.
The Bruins showed resiliency yesterday against the Rangers, which for the Bruins was not a common part of their game all season.
Boston scored 5:28 into the game, when Torey Krug (2) had some fancy footwork with the puck to put the pass onto the stick and beat Lundqvist between the wickets. The lead was short lived as 2:32 later Ryan Callahan made Tuukka Rask flop out of his jock strap and beat him with a move to the far side.
The two teams started the second period tied 1-1.
More Krug footwork at the blue line to keep the play alive in the Rangers zone, Krug put a shot towards goal and Gregory Campbell (1) roofed a backhander past Lundqvist putting the B’s back on top, just 2:24 into the second. But like the Bruins first goal, Rick Nash answered the call :56 seconds later.
Johnny Boychuk (3) fired a wrist shot from the tops of the circles to beat Lundqvist with 7:52 remaining in the second period. The goal put the B’s up 3-2 and there was no turning back.
In an almost identical play on how Marchand scored in OT of game one, he slid the puck past Lundqvist just :26 seconds into the third period. Milan Lucic (3) put the final nail in the coffin picking up a rebound on the doorstep and sliding it home for the fifth and final Bruins goal.
Seconds after Lucic made the score 5-2, Derek Dorsett and Gregory Campbell exchanged pleasantries.
Rask was up to the challenge as always, making 35 saves in the winning effort.
The two teams will pack up their stuff and head to the Big Apple for game three Tuesday night at 7:30pm from MSG.
Here we go. I honestly don’t even know what to say for this series. If the B’s play like they did for the last 10 minutes of game 7 against Toronto, no one should beat them. If they play like the three previous games the series might be over in three games.
On that note, let’s enjoy at least four more games of hockey. After all, we are playing a team from New York.