Back in Boston: Penguins @ Bruins Game Three

When the Boston Bruins started this series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they were considered the underdogs by everyone. Many were saying that Pittsburgh would come in and sweep the B’s. Now two games are done and the third is tonight with Boston having a two-game advantage. Not only that, but now they have home-ice advantage for the next two games. But the Bruins know not to be overly confident because teams have come behind before in series’ to take the win.

Can Horton’s line continue to dominate? (Credit: Flickr/ Slidingsideways)

Keeping the Momentum:
The Bruins are currently outscoring the Penguins nine goals to one. Not only was the team scoring…and a lot at that, but they were making Tuukka Rask‘s job a hell of a lot easier by defending him with every shot on net. In two games he’s stopped 48 of 49 shots and has mantained calm cool and collected in net. Rask has allowed one goal or fewer in four of his past five starts. I think the biggest reason for the B’s success thus far is the complete team effort. Players are getting goals and assists from all four lines, and we have defense that can defend as well as score. The Bruins are staying focused and aren’t playing up to the Penguins obvious frustration. In fact when the Penguins got their lone goal of game two in the first period, Boston reciprocated a goal within the next two minutes.

Who to Start for Pittsburgh? 
While the B’s obvious goaltender is Rask, Pittsburgh is in quite a pickle over who to start. Tomas Vokoun had the start for both game one and game two but was chased out of net after giving up 3 goals on 12 shots in game two. Vokoun had stepped up in net after Marc-Andre Fleury nearly ended the Penguins playoff run. But it seems neither goalie could stop the B’s on Monday night.

Who’s Hot?
If David Krejci  keep performing like he does we could have a playoff MVP on our hands. In this series, he has three goals and continues to lead the playoffs in scoring with 20 points. Krejci’s liney Nathan Horton isn’t doing too shabby either with five points in two games this series. He’s posted three goals and five assists during a four-game point streak. And then there’s leading playoff defenseman Johnny Boychuk who has five goals and six points in 14 postseason games. Monday night he had a goal and an assist. This is a complete turnaround for a not so point heavy regular season for Johnny B.

Puck drops tonight at 8pm on NBCSN!



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