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Sitting pretty: Pens locks up first place in East with 3-2 win over Boston

Apr 20, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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It was a day filled with emotion for the Boston Bruins, but it ended with the Pittsburgh Penguins continuing to roll to victory.

The Penguins took out the Bruins 3-2 clinching first place in the Eastern Conference.  The Pens were powered by power play goals from Jarome Iginla and Kris Letang in the third period to put Boston away. Jussi Jokinen also added a goal. Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves to win the day for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh will now wait to see when Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, and Paul Martin all return to the lineup. By the way, they’ve won six in a row and 21 of their last 23 games. They may be pretty good.

On the other hand, Boston was unable to close in on Northeast Division leading Montreal who sit two points ahead of them in the standings. The Habs face Washington at home tonight.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    No Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Martin, and our backup goalie in net and the pens still win. The pens our 9-0 against Montreal (#2 seed), Washington (#3 seed), and Boston (#4 seed) in the regular season. To have already wrapped up the #1 overall seed in the east with 4 games left is incredible.

    • cheesesteak75 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      LGP!

    • chicagobtech - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Winning the Conference with four games left is indeed incredible.

      Doing it with six games left is, to borrow from Sean Connery, the Chicago Way. ^_^

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Well played…

      • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Chicago is 0-2-1 against Anaheim. What they’ve done this season is incredible, don’t get me wrong, but I’m just stating the facts……

  2. drewzducks - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    The more things change the more they stay the same. These teams are truly on different levels right now a fact that becomes even more obvious given the near All Star team that is out of the lineup for the Pens right now. I’ve been watching the Bs for over 35 years and this team, more than any other is a true enigma. They rarely if ever play a full 60 minute game, their record, though impressive is extremely misleading. They have a .66 win%, are tied for 3rd best in the league in goal differential but watching them each game is often painful and infuriating. Claude has his work cut out for him trying to come up with some semblance of line combinations and managing to keep some sense of continuity. At this rate they’re looking like another potential first round flop because this team, night in and night out has shown no sense of urgency whether they’re playing the Pens, Habs or Canes.

    • 8man - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Another statistically great, and in this case superior, game for the Bs and yet another loss. Very little clicking for the Spokes right now. The are almost snakebitten. This is a good team. It’s a good roster. At some point they will break out of it.

      Lets go Bs.

      Boston Strong!

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    @sportsfreak, are*
    I agree, I said it before, pens without Crosby are still the most stacked team in the league.
    Just wonder if this boat is too big to keep floating like this.

  4. Stiller43 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Its amazing how the new guys are providing the pens big goals nowadays. No croz, geno, martin, neal, etc., and you get goals from iggy and big juicy today…murray and morrow last game…i was worried about that many new additions, but they seem to fit in great. Cant wait to see when this team is full strength

  5. ironcity6pak - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    These veteran players the pens picked up can taste a Stanley cup and want it more then ever. That’s why they we t to Pitt, I can only see these vets playing harder and better in the playoffs. Lots of leadership in that locker room to keep everyone focused in the next game.

  6. mario66sid87geno71 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Focus. Intensity. Drive. Leadership. Did I mention worldclass talent? This team is going to bring it every night & going to be very tough to beat. May hockey can’t come soon enough!

    • handsofsweed - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      We’d better add “humility” to that list. We want the cup and dang well better treat every game vs every/any opponent like they are the world champs. Isles, Hawks, Rags, Habs, whoever. We better not have any sense of entitlement. If we’re humble in addition, then…….I love our chances, one game at a time. Nothing less, nothing more.

      • mario66sid87geno71 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        I didn’t include humility, but “bring it every night” implied that no game would be taken for granted. This team knows it dropped the ball/Puck last year. They are preaching playing the right way, doing the little things. Crosby is hungry & if it’s possible has a greater appreciation of how fleeting your time can be in the NHL. This opportunity will not be taken for granted. Nothing is guaranteed, but given what I have seen they will be playing for the Cup! Since the East hasn’t played the West it’s impossible to say what happens then. …@handsofweed Happy 4/20!

  7. csilojohnson - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Seems the only stat that really matters in this match up is 3rd period play. Pens one of the best, Bs one of the worst. Shouldve been 3-1. Hate those last second goals. Voki played great. Without his performance the Pens lose that game in the 1st.
    TK had a bad game. Like his energy….but Bennet needs to be in that line up. He is playing great.
    The new guys are fitting in amazingly. I was skeptacle with so much change during a streak.
    Iggy gets most of the press. Though I would say he has had maby the least impact. Juicy has been a game changer. Scoring and faceoffs. Morrow took a couple games to settle in. Since then he has been lights out in both ends. Murray has been the net front presence the Pens have been missing for a couple years now. Especially in the defensive zone. Finally someone clearing the crease. Not to mention bone crushing hits. Of course I have no way of judging the intangibles. Iggy could be the most important addition based on leadership in addition to his contributions on the score sheet.
    Cant forget about Eaton. Team has only lost once with him in lineup. He was ill that game. Sat out the next (because of illness). Pens lost both. 15-0 otherwise.
    Most credit should go to Disco Dan though. He continues to prove he is one of the best in the league.
    I’m excited about this team. I think they have grown from last years playoff embarassment. The winning qualities that weren’t there last season like discipline, dzone responsibility, more toughness, and maturity.
    All have been very prevelant in their game. The season series with the Flyers was my litmus test.
    We will see come May.
    All I know now is the 1st round is going to be tough. Rangers seem to be finally clicking. Islanders look very good. Plus that whole history thing. My unlikely hope is Jets or the Leafs falling to 8th. All the teams fighting for the last couple spots are hot right now.
    Lets go Pens!

    • 8man - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      I know this. Its virtually impossible to predict a Stanley Cup Champion. And when the eventual one skates the ice holding the trophy there is little doubt of their worthiness.

  8. valoisvipers - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Cooke was selected by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association in 2012 as the Penguins’ candidate for the Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      If you watched him play every game after his last suspension you would realize why. He went from 129 penalty minutes to 44 after that season. Bobby Clark was once nominated for the Masterton don’t forget.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Hey I will be first to say Cooke has changed and is a very decent hockey player and his stats the last couple of years will back that up.

      • vanfoodman - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:29 AM

        Bobby Clarke…the most despicable person to ever play pro sport? Proof…? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2bHJj7avd4

        http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2000/12/22/neilson00.html


        Get a barf bag before watching and reading.

  9. puckyouall - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Great win for the Pens but, you have to give credit to the skating noses for playing a great game especially Chara and Marchand.

  10. thehighcountrybear - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga California is in lockdown tonight…

    It would appear prisoner unrest over conditions in COR’s Secure Protection Unit boiled over this afternoon during televised broadcast of a Penguins versus Bruins hockey game?

    Though many of the inmates were seen to be dozing off during the game, joining everyone outside of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in a bit of an afternoon snooze it would seem, all hell broke loose when a broadcaster compared notorious head-hunter and would-be assassin Mathew David Cooke with Sirhan Bashira Sirhan?

    A spokesman for the prisoners, currently controlling a superbly furnished and air-conditioned rec room while holding an innocent seventies vintage black and white Zenith Console Television hostage, claims he and his fellow inmates are outraged by efforts to blacken Sirhan’s forty two year record of perfect attendance in the California penal system!

    Though Sirhan himself can’t recall much of anything these days, having had his mind wiped clearer than an eight track tape left on a Mesa Boogie amp and speaker stack back in 1968, he clued-in just long enough to express outrage at the slight on his good name good name [ 'imagine imagine, comparing some nobody hockey player with a license to injure and commit general mayhem in an otherwise gentlemanly sport with a prominent half-wit murderer such as myself myself...an outrage' ]?

    The spokesman has presented a list of demands on behalf of Sirhan including a network-wide public apology from the offending broadcaster, advancing Sirhan’s next parole hearing from March 2016 to February 2016, and having the parole board actually remain awake during the entire hearing itself!

    Elaborating upon Sirhan’s complaints, the spokesman aired general grievances held by fellow inmates while demanding less roast beef and filet at meals, more ping pong tables in the yard, expanding current four hour daily opportunities to garden, upgrade to all outdoor parquet basketball courts, and a doubling of current inventories on K Gel!

    Sensitive to inmates’ need, executives to the California Department of Corrections are expected to respond before the turn of the new millennium…

  11. ironman721 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Tough game for Boston after one of the, if not “the toughest weeks ” in the history of Boston. Tip of the hat to the Bruins for playing hard till the final horn. Tip of the cap to the fans and all of the people of Boston you are all class acts! As for the Pens, it playoff time! Time to nut up or shut up! Let’s go Pens🐧❗ Let’s go Pens❗

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