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Discuss: Penguins beat Bruins, bump winning streak to nine games

Mar 17, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Sunday, but it could be a costly game for both teams as both Kris Letang and David Krejci appeared to catch some bad injury luck. Let’s get to the talking points.

  • Letang has already been injured this season (he returned from another lower-body issue about a month ago) and Pittsburgh missed him during that time. If his ailment is serious, can the Penguins be a true Stanley Cup contender without him? Does this make a trade more desirable?
  • In the event that it’s a minor hiccup, do you think Letang, 25, is a leading Norris Trophy candidate?
  • Moving on to Krejci, how important is he to the Bruins? Who would you move between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton if the 26-year-old pivot is seriously hurt?
  • With this win, the Penguins are all alone atop the Eastern Conference with 44 standing points, although both the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens hold games in hand. Who do you think is the best team in the East right now?
  • Moving forward, what’s your “dream” Eastern Conference finals matchup in 2013? Could it indeed be Boston vs. Pittsburgh?
  • The Penguins have now won nine games in a row. Which of the team’s upcoming games poses the greatest threat to that streak?
  1. cavafox - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    The caps worry me coming to Pittsburgh. Ovie has some ridiculous numbers in Pittsburgh. The caps are a rival team and anything can happen there.

    • JoeAvg - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Anybody who’s watched the Pens through the years knows that it’s the Islanders who always seem to break their mojo.

      • cavafox - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Very true, they get better against Pens streaks as their team performs worse.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Dude are you kidding me there is no team that should worry a Pens fan in the regular season ,,save your worrying for the first round against the Flyers !

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Fraude Giroux and the Flyers wont even make it in unless you mean in NHL 13

  2. steelers88 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I do think Pittsburgh is the best team in the East. The team that could snap this streak could be: Philly or MTL.

  3. amerika1313 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Excellent illustration of why the Pens are the best in the East. Good game by them to beat my B’s. Not as worried about losing a game to the class of the conference as I am about the injury to Krejci though… Not good.

  4. habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Did anyone on the Boston bench check Johnny Boychuck for a gun shot wound?

    The stick barely grazed his visor. What a disgusting display of embellishment, eh Clod? Maybe he was auditioning for the next Bruin Flop video.

    • amerika1313 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Actually, I think it hit him in the mouth. That’s what it looked like from the replays, anyway. I get irritated by the guys checking their face for blood 15 times right in front of the ref, though… That’s a little much.

      • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Ya, I knew he was OK when the camera’s caught him laughing when he got back to the bench. You guys must be really proud of him.

      • amerika1313 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Yeah, actually he’s a pretty good defenseman.

      • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        When he’s not embellishing?

      • amerika1313 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        I don’t think he embellishes any more than the next guy, honestly. When was the last time you saw any player catch a stick in the face, even incedentally, who didn’t jerk his head back. It’s not like Boychuk hit the ice or anything. Have you ever caught a stick in the face while playing? I think that’s a pretty common reaction. You’re kinda making a big deal out of nothing here.

      • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Yes, I suppose all teams are guilty of it.

        But the Bruins are the only team that calls a press conference to complain about other doing it. Do you see the hypocracy? Especially after seeing the THREE Bruin Diving and Embellishment videos making the rounds on the net.

      • soj83 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        when did they call a press conference about it? i remember Julien mentioning it in an interview, but i never heard of an official press conference by the Bruins to discuss diving.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      The Pens are pretty good at the stick embellishment themselves its how they got back into the first game against the Flyers this year ! In the Pens locker room they have a poster showing how its done it reads ! High stick,,,,,throw head back violently,,,,take right glove put under left armpit go to chin or mouth with right hand ……..get power play,,score goal !

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        The Eagles have a poster of how you QUIT playing with 2 minutes left in the Superbowl when your driving down the field to score.

        McNabb and Owens both Signed IT!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Dick Iam New York Giants fan !

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        wow are you dumb! Im not even a New York Giant fan. Look at my screen name it says “pitpenguinsrulez” that tells you two things:

        1) Im from pittsburgh
        2) Im a steelers and pens fan

        Like I said unlike the Eagles, the Steelers actually don’t quit in the superbowl when trailing. Atleast Ben has yet to pull a McNabb by just walking up to the line while driving down the field in the superbowl when his team has a chance to tie or win the superbowl with 2 minutes left!!!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Dick its a jab at the eiggle fans GIANTS 4 Eiggles 0 do you understand now you dumb dick ?

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        Steelers 6 > Giants 4 > Eagles 0

        Do you understand that?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:44 AM

        I do understand that your a dick and that the GIANTS have 4 Lombardi trophies and could care less how many championships Pittsburgh hockey football baseball has because in the end its only Pittsburgh and nobody really cares ! HAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHA

    • sabatimus - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      You must be talking about Plekanec flopping to the ice and grabbing his mouth, and then getting up once no penalty was going to be called, after Bernier checked him legally yesterday.

  5. crashtheboards55 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Another cheap shot by a boston player. Shocking. Marchand is a little ball of cowardly chickens$$$. I love of the announcers would not discuss the play. Clearly a slash and a kick by marchand to letang who was nowhere near the puck. He constantly pulls dirty garbage like this. Hopefully karma smashes that tucan beak of his into thr boards very soon.

    • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      The Bruins are a clean team……just ask them.

      • sabatimus - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Hmm, ok let’s see: thumbs down…thumbs down…oh wait there’s another one thumbs down…thumbs down…

      • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        You’re the only one on these blogs (besides your other handle drewsavagia) who cares about thumbs.

        What a pathetic little twerp you are. Isn’t it time for your bubble bath before school tomorrow?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      They don’t call him the little ball of hate for nothing! I don’t think Letang is dealing with anything serious. Came off as him just being bruised up a little bit. Since the Pens were playing well all-around, the trainers probably just told him to take the rest of the night off as to avoid from it turning into something that could keep him out long-term. He’s got 48 hours to rest it now before they play the Caps on Tuesday. They’ve got a pretty easy schedule this week.

    • odj810 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      i think you gotta pick your poison. Marchand certainly has some questionable plays. But this was a play that happens 10 times a game that just had a poor result. Next time concentrate on a truely questionable play(we all no they happen). your crying over spilled milk with that one.

    • soj83 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      From the video it looks more like Letang’s right skate may have hit a rut. It certainly moves like it did right before he bends over in pain. Marchand may have hit him in the wrist with his stick, but he in no way kicks Letang. Hope Letang is ok, but a non contact injury is never a good thing.

    • steelers88 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Totally agree with you their. I also didn’t like Lucic punching James Neal for no reason after Bergeron was called for delay of game.

      • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        But don’t call them “Sucker Punchers,” they don’t like that.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Is it me or does that nathan horton have a hate the face also ?

  6. sportsfreak13 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Another great performance by the pens today. Hope both letang and krejci are ok and recover quickly. I’m impressed the pens held the 1 goal lead after losing their top d-man. Suddenly the things opposing fans criticize them for (defense, goaltending) they are doing well. Great win by a great team. Go pens.

  7. pdmjr - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    First of all Letangs injury is lower body, the writer is being a little dramatic. Pens have a lot of defencemen

    The Pens will lose a game in the next 3 weeks I am sure

    None of this make any difference the playoffs are all that matter

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Of the rest of their season, this would be the 3 week span I would *least* expect them to lose a game. Of their 8 opponents within the next 3 weeks, only 2 of them are currently in a playoff spot. If Flower and Vokoun keep playing well and Letang isn’t out with a long-term injury, there is no reason to believe that the Penguins couldn’t absolutely dominate the next 3 weeks.

    • mordock57 - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Whoa whoa whoa… There’s nothing dramatic about worrying about an injury to Letang. The Pens learned last season just how valuable he is. On the power play, on offense, on defense… Their record is dramatically worse without Letang. Simply having other defensemen is really not the point.

  8. ironman721 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Glory Glory hallelujah! The Pens 🐧are March-ing on❗ Let’s go Pens❗

  9. mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    5 Goals allowed in 5 games. Eaton has stablized the D. 12 – 0 when leading going into the 3rd period. The Pens all round game is coming into form. Hope Letang isn’t hurt badly, that stick in the gut looked painful. Let’s Go Pen’s!!!

  10. JoeAvg - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I did find the Croby call a bit ironic just a week or so after CJ’s triad about imbellishment ruining the game. Bet this one was ok with him.

  11. drewzducks - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    For all the criticism that the Pens D takes this is the second time in 5 days that they’ve stymied the Bs offensive flow. They may have had many more shots today than Tuesday but the numbers are deceiving as many came from long range and the boards. Very few openings in the middle of the ice unlike the Bs saw against Wash and Philly. The Bs top line was so so after yesterday’s breakout and didn’t play with physicality until just before the Krejci injury. Despite their impressive record this year the Bs continue to display a lack of urgency and appear to be a team that could make a run for the cup or once again be bounced early. The lack of urgency appeared exaggerated today when compared to the all out, never ending effort of Crosby who continues to amaze me. At times he appeared to be the most physical player on the ice, whether knocking over Chara or imposing his will in all three zones. I don’t know how Ovie can’t be perpetually embarrassed when he’s the intensity that Sid plays at every night.

    • pens919209 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      The team commitment to defense the last few games has been nothing short of impressive. I really like how they’ve shut down the slot and have started doing a better job of controlling the play in their own zone. Boston got some good chances with their physical play (so that physical defenseman might still be a good idea), but all in all the Penguins were composed and focused, especially in the third.

  12. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Right because Matt Cooke is a saint right? How are you going talk like that about Marchand when you have Cooke? It’s not like Marchand ended a career like Cooke did!

    • crashtheboards55 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      I have never defended Cooke and what he has done. I am talking about the little weasel that Marchand is. He takes ridiculous cheap shots and then acts like he didn’t do anything wrong. I hated the hit on Marc Sevard. Even though I am a Pens fan I liked Sevard and I don’t like the head hunting from any player no matter what team they are on. So on my post where did I say anything about cooke? I was calling out tucan sam on a particular play and yet all you can do is bring up the past. Great arguement and statement.

      • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Tucan Sam is a good one, but I prefer either “Little Ball of Dive” or my favorite, “Rat Face.”

  13. hockeyfan28 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Not a surprise Boston is a nice team but Pittsburgh beat them again without Malkin
    or even Fleury in goal only Philly gets in their heads and they’re not making the playoffs
    the east goes through Pittsburgh

    • drewzducks - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Who’s not making the playoffs simpleton ?

      • hockeyfan28 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Philly in case you didn’t notice then again your about 12 years old

      • drewzducks - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Again imbecile they’re 4 points out of a spot with about 20 games remaining. And I must be the only 12 year old who saw Orr and Mikita play. Hate to disappoint. You must have thought you were on your favorite kiddie porn site.

      • hockeyfan28 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Your not even old enough to drive the word simpleton stopped being cool in about junior high
        if you think Phily is making the playoffs with their shoddy defense, inconsistent goalie, and lack of
        Second line scoring then I got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. you can google Stan Mikitas
        Name all you want but your lack of hockey knowledge is moronic at best

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Saying they are 4 points out is a very simplistic statement. In reality they have to catch three teams ahead of them, and will have to be 13 and 6 for the test of the year. No way this is going to happen. You can’t just turn on a switch after being so dismal, and besides, Bryz is not suddenly going to be the backstop they need to achieve this record. Flyers are slowly dying, and so is every other team below 500.

      • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Drew has a “masters degree” in azzholology, right Drew?

        His favorite movie is Blazing Saddles which is ironic for a member of the Boston fan base. Joel Ward and Torrey Smith say hello.

    • drewzducks - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      You’re doing a good enough job on your own of showing your idiocy. I can guarantee you I’ve forgotten more about hockey than you’ll ever know. Now hit the bricks junior.

      • hockeyfan28 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Well debating you it’s evident you’ve forgotten a lot anymore forgetfulness
        and I’d have a doctor diagnose you with dementia

  14. Stiller43 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    If his ailment is serious, can the Penguins be a true Stanley Cup contender without him?

    – if he’s out for the season, i think not. I dont think its that serious, but who knows…

    Does this make a trade more desirable?

    – no. I like the team they have…hopefully letang will come back very soon. 5 goals allowed in the last 5 games is incredible.

    In the event that it’s a minor hiccup, do you think Letang, 25, is a leading Norris Trophy candidate?

    – yes, no questions.

    With this win, the Penguins are all alone atop the Eastern Conference with 44 standing points, although both the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens hold games in hand. Who do you think is the best team in the East right now?

    – Only one team in the east has 44 points, and that team has won 9 in a row. I think thats pretty obvious. Of course thats “right now.” Could be different next week or in 2 months when in really counts.

    Moving forward, what’s your “dream” Eastern Conference finals matchup?

    – pens-flyers…but the flyers need to actually get above .500 for that to happen

    The Penguins have now won nine games in a row. Which of the team’s upcoming games poses the greatest threat to that streak?

    – i think in hockey, (almost) no matter who you play, the biggest threat is the next one (in this case, washington). A bounce one way vs another can cause a breakaway, or a weird deflection goal to win….that being said, i think its philly, if for nothing else, because its a heated rivalry game and its usually always close and entertaining.

    • ironman721 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      A

      • ironman721 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Agree👍

  15. csilojohnson - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Great game. Good to see them hold a one goal lead. I hope Tanger is ok. He is the only guy the Pens can’t seem to win without. Would hate to see that derail the great effort put forth by the D these past few games.
    Finally getting some 3rd and 4th line scoring. Vitale and TK play their hearts out every shift. Good to see them getting some bounces.
    Philly would be my call on breaking the streak. They seem to get the Pens off their game. Although I think the main reason for their streak is improved maturity to their game. More responsible with the puck, not letting emotions get the better of them. It will be a good game.
    Go Pens!!

  16. rushledger - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Don’t do a game time decision on Tanger if he’s gonna be out and is day to day rest him till he’s near 100 percent we have 8 D men and Despres who didn’t play today has been good. How Krecji is ok. Great game by Vokoun.

  17. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    OK, to the scientists in our hockey family: Yet another reference today, this from Pierre McGuire, to a player’s shot being “not just fast but heavy.” Now, the only variables I can think of in how a shot will feel if it hits you are:
    a) speed of puck
    b) angle of puck, flat vs. edge
    c) where on your body it hits you
    d) nature of padding where it hits you
    e) nature of the puck (weight, material, styrofoam vs vulcanized rubber)
    Since all NHL pucks are equal, and the “heavy” shot is referenced regardless of c and d, we are down to a and b. Those “experts” who talk about “heavy” shots never suggest that the accident of the angle of the puck at the moment of impact is the issue, so delete b, and they always say the shot’s “heaviness” is independent of its speed, so delete a. So what is the mysterious variable that, regardless of any other variable, is responsible for a shot being “heavy”?

    • JoeAvg - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      !!!???!!!

      Perhaps you should give the keys to someone else, have a cold one, and relax a little while.

      *said with a smile*

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      It was kind of like when crosby got called for high sticking, the Pens shill Pierre IAmforhire made it out like it was the biggest embellishment ever pulled off in NHL history but yet when crosby or Malkin dives he says nothing,,, so regardless of any other variable what makes mentioning embellishment against one player but not another !

      • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        Hmmmm, I didn’t see the entire game.

        Was there another case of embellishment by Coach Clod’s divers?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Look someone took the time to push thumbs down 20 times what a loser !

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      OK, crazy I’m sure but I was actually hoping for a serious, intelligent answer to my question. Seems I’ll have to settle for some sarcasm and a complete change of subject. I suppose I’ll have to try again some other time.

  18. theageofquarrel - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    But, I thought the big bad Bruins were supposed to manhandle the Penguins? Funny how that all worked out.

  19. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Big big win. After the Pens win yesterday I wrote that you don’t assess the quality of your team’s play against a team that is struggling to make the playoffs. You do however assess your team’s quality when you play one of the best teams of the league. They won without Malkin, Fleury, and loss Letang for two periods. Bruins definitely have the best D of the E conference. Pens have the best offensive depth. I hope we get to see them head to head in the playoffs an they go 7 games. Either team can win.

  20. orangandblack - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    As much as I hate it, the Pens are rolling right now. D has been impressive. I wasn’t following the game, can someone say briefly what happened to Letang and Krejci…I hate this upper body/lower body non-sense

    • JoeAvg - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Nobody’s to sure with Letang. As he turned to skate behind the net Marchand gave him a whack that appeard to hit him in either the knee or the hand but it didn’t look all that vicious. Somebody else said it looked like his skate hit a rut but I didn’t see that. Regardless, he bent over right away and wasn’t seen again.

      Krejci took a Boychuck slapper right in the kneecap – could be serious, he was in some pain.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        I think he got hit just above the knee where there is little protection between the hockey pants and his knee.

  21. steelers88 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    The Pens are doing this without Malkin? Once his back look out!

    • live4hockey - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      He is needed badly on the Power Play! I sure hope we get to see a healthy team for the last 20 games and into the playoffs! No doubt this team can win the Cup! I would love to see a Penguins vs. Blackhawks Stanley Cup rematch!

  22. puckyouall - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    I think Boston is an excellent team but, Is it me or are the Bruins a team of giant skating noses led by the giant nose of Chara?

    • 19to77 - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Thornton, Marchand, Bergeron, Lucic, Horton, Boychuk… wow. Eerie.

    • odj810 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      marchands gotta be the leader of the pack on that front. you gotta go nose to size ratio

  23. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I hate the fact that the pens are the best team in the east…what are they like 5-0 without Malkin? Crazy!! Hopefully they are peaking too early and Malkin will mess up the chemistry like Crosby did last year. With MAF and Vokoun playing well…man! Screw them!

    • live4hockey - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      We have room if you want to join us…

      • phlyerzpwnu - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        I guess I should have expected that. Typical.

  24. whatthepuck2012 - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Orangeandblack I don’t know if anyone answered you yet, but Krejci took a slap shot from one of his teammates off of his knee. And Letang I’m not even sure. First they said he got poked in the abdomen with a stick, but then said he “tweaked a leg problem that’s been bothering him.”

  25. arbruins - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Hey Habsman, check out YouTube, type in Canadiens and dive. There you will see numerous dive vids of Slewban and ribero. Most are perfect 10s.

    The bruins have only 3 vids?

  26. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I cant help but laugh at some of these comments that people post they are too funny!!

    Great Win by the Pens…Bring on the Washington Crapitals…LETS GO PENS!!!!

  27. steelcity412 - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Eiggles save your diving talk for Olympic swimming that crap is about as old as the last time the flyers were winners ..flyers are talented but the only time it seems like they are pumped for a game is against the pens ..and I hope they make the playoffs cause if they see the pens it’s going to be a much different outcome I promise you that

  28. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Yeah Boychuk lifted Crosby’s stick up, it went into his face and he threw his head back in ‘pain’! But really?? You’re a Habs fan…do you think they don’t do the same? Every team does it…they’ve always done it. They’ll always do it…it will never leave the sport, get over it. Become good on the PK so you don’t have to worry about. At least it’s not soccer.

    • ironman721 - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      I can’t beleive I’m going to agree with you but you are 100% correct. Also like live4hockey said we still have room but it’s filling up quick. Haha

      • phlyerzpwnu - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Oh come on…I’m not that bad. I’ll talk some smack…but I’m no Habsman. I can be objective sometimes.

      • ironman721 - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        Nah, you are good man. I was just kidding.

  29. se7enbladez - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Love to see a Hawks V.S. Pens game right now.

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