May 25, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins foiled the Boston Bruins twice around the trade deadline, grabbing Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow after the B’s expected to land them. One can confidently wager that will come up more than a few teams now that the two teams will meet in the Eastern Conference finals.
(Neither one of the Western Conference finalists have been determined, although the Detroit Red Wings could change that by beating the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 on Saturday).
The Penguins have won the last two series between the two franchises, but those playoff matchups came in 1991 and 1992. Still, the two teams claimed recent championships and have a little bad blood in the past (Matt Cooke probably isn’t that popular in Boston to this day), so this collision between contenders shouldn’t take too long to draw some heat.
That Jaromir Jagr fellow hasn’t been forgotten in Pittsburgh, either.
Each squad ended their second-round series in five games, so there’s a chance that they’ll be well-rested in Round 3. Either way, this clash between black-and-gold teams could very well leave the winner black-and-blue.
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 7
- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 7
- Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller 23
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center 40
- Eric Staal has surgery to repair ‘core muscle injury’ 6
- After not seeing ‘eye-to-eye’ with Carlyle, Reimer will compete for No. 1 gig 16
- Two down, one to go: Wings ink Tatar to three-year, $8.25M deal 12
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal 63
- Subban not eager to discuss contract talks 34
- Leafs re-sign Reimer — two years, $4.6 million 22
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Avs and O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, but questions remain (45)
- New Caps regime plans to keep Ovechkin at RW (for now) (42)
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center (40)
- Rangers and Kreider avoid arbitration, agree on two-year deal (39)