If you had told me last week that the Boston Bruins would take the first three games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins and for the the second series in a row would have the chance to sweep, I’d think you were crazy. Coming into this, I thought Boston was the underdogs but they’re proving everyone wrong with the way this series has gone. The Bruins are 18-1 in series when they hold a three-game lead, including 13 sweeps.
Game three was a battle for the both teams with the Bruins coming out on top in double OT and I have no doubt that Game four will be just as much of a challenge. The Bruins know that they want to end this series with four and have a chance to rest before the Stanley Cup Finals, while the Penguins know they’re not done yet and want to take the series back to Pittsburgh for a Game five.
Between the Pipes:
Wednesday nights game proved that both Tuukka Rask and Tomas Vokoun are in this for their teams. Between the two 91 shots were saved and only three were goals. Rask has only allowed two goals in three games against Pittsburgh on 101 shots and is proving that he is the right man for the task. Vokoun had a great game coming back from a horrible Game two. These two will get the start tonight as they have the past three games.
B’s Lose a Key Player:
The Merlot line is one of the NHL’s most successful fourth lines and Wednesday night one of it’s members proved why. Gregory Campbell despite a leg injury stayed on the ice for his shift and proved the determination and strength of a Bruins player. Soupy is officially done for the rest of the post season so the question is who will the Bruins have fill his spot? Judging by practice Chris Kelly is centering the line with Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille. Meanwhile, Kelly’s spot on the third line is playing played by Kaspars Daugavins which means the Dog Man may in fact get the start. Confirmation will come from warmups.
What Penguins Power Play?
Going into this series everyone said that Pittsburgh would have a lethal power play and that was backed by stats. They came in getting over 28 percent on the man advantage in the post season. But so far the B’s have stopped all 12 extra man chances the Pens have had. Something needs to change if they want a chance to win and it will start with their “stars” getting on the board. Neither Sidney Crosby nor Evgeni Malkin has recorded a point in this series.
Game Four is on NBCSN tonight with the puck dropping at 8pm!
BELIEVE IN BOSTON!!