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It’s official: Pens face Bruins in Eastern Conference finals

May 25, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

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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.

  1. girouxed - May 25, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Lets go Bruins!!!!!!

  2. xavier46 - May 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    If this series doesn’t give you a chubby, you may need to ask your Doc about ED.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - May 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Pens in 6

  4. alwaysgame7 - May 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Bruins in 6

    Either way this series goes down though, the cup is coming to the east. I don’t see anybody in the west that has anything for the Pens or the Bruins in 7 games

    • valoisvipers - May 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      You are pretty wet for the Bruins. They were really lucky to get by the Leafs and everyone left playing is certainly better than the Leafs..

      • dropthepuckeh - May 25, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        Not sure they were lucky to get by the Leafs, most would say the better team won albeit in dramatic fashion. Were the Rangers better than the Leafs? Bruins beat them in five. Obviously everyone will pick the Pens to win the next round. Fortunately they have to actually play the games. Lots of hockey left for the Bruins.

      • drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        Meh. I see the Leafs series like the Isles series for the Pens. Both were speed mismatches. Bruins matched up much better against NYR, and Pens matched up much better against OTT.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 25, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      If Quick keeps playing the way he is then the Kings have a legitimate shot to repeat. As for the Bruins, I’d love for them to win. But if they were to pull it off it would most likely have to be in a game 7 at Pittsburgh. I don’t think there’s anyway they pull off an upset in less than 7.

      • alwaysgame7 - May 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        I stand corrected, If Quick continues playing like he tends too, yeah, i’d agree they could repeat. But that’s a tall order, Kings D needs to take it to another notch too I think.

        Detroit has an outside shot to take the west too, lovin’ playoff hockey.

        Looking forward to game 1 to see how the B’s and Pen’s matchup- they’re both firing on all cylinders right now.

        B’s positives are they have a solid defense and they’re offense is on right now…. but it’s still not anywhere near what Pitt did the last 2 games.

        Pitt has the superstar offense but if the B’s can keep it in the Pens zone this series could be the best we’ve seen all year.

        Should be good, no matter which team you’re rooting for.

  5. e5tolife - May 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Pens in 5

    • joshuakorr - May 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      I remember reading the prognostications before the Bruins Canucks series in 2011 – most people said Canucks in 5 or 6. I’m not saying the Bruins are going to win this series, but it usually takes 7 to get rid of the Bruins. Now they haven’t faced the Pens in the playoffs in the Crosby era and if there was a team that might do it, it is probably Pittsburgh, but I wouldn’t bet on Pens in 5.

      2008 – Bruins lose in 7 to Canadiens
      2009 – Bruins lose in 7 to Canes
      2010 – Bruins lose in 7 to Flyers
      2011 – Cup
      2012 – Bruins lose in 7 to Caps

  6. drone501 - May 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    i concur.

  7. phillyphanatic77 - May 25, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    90% of Pens fans are gonna say Pens in 5 or 6. And they may be right but I’m hoping it goes the distance. This is the matchup most fans wanted, so hopefully it lasts 7 games.

  8. sjsharks66 - May 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Pens in 6 and i like the Bruins a lot. I just don’t think boston can match the scoring the penguins provide.

  9. dkphilly1122 - May 25, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    The Bruins were lucky to get by the Leafs……just like the Pens were lucky to squeeze by the Islanders… what you mean’t right?? If Pittsburgh didn’t have Vokoun they wouldn’t even still be in the Playoffs. Fleury is an awesome goalie but he is horrible in the Playoffs, luckily they have a reliable backup this year to step in and play great. This is gonna be a great series without a doubt, but considering I am a Flyer’s fan I gotta pull for Boston. No hate, just can’t root for Pittsburgh like I wouldn’t expect Pen fans to root for the Flyers. Ether way the East should bring the Cup back to where it belongs, on the East Coast…..although half the Kings had the Cup down the shore last summer. Just give us fans of hockey a great series, 6 or 7 games!!

  10. 8man - May 25, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    No predictions on this series. Pens are the better team and have home ice. Grit and heart are what win. But there is this. Six teams are still left. Five of which are the last 5 cup winners.

    2008 Detroit, 2009 Pitt, 2010 Chicago, 2011 Boston, 2012 LA.

    And its possible to have LA/Chi and Pitt/Bos. What does that tell you?

  11. csilojohnson - May 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    It means the teams not on your list need to get their act together.

    Pens have won 6 straight in regular season. As well as the last 6 at TD. Against the Bruins.
    Pens in 6.

  12. colossal87 - May 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    This series will be the most undramatic as The Franchise steamrolls past the bumbling bruins in 4.

    • drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Do they grow your kind in Pittsburgh’s sewers?

      • drewzducks - May 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Pay no attention to those foolish fans of the black and gold wannabes. Hard to take a three team sports city seriously. Well maybe two plus the Pirates.

  13. nikodmus - May 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Both of these teams are a tough out…Obviously rooting for the B’s, but there’s no chance that this series goes less than 6, I’d actually be shocked if it didn’t go 7.

    Would be awesome to mow down Iginla after that BS he pulled at the trading deadline. You don’t want to go to the Bruins Iggy? GFY, have fun golfing while we’re playing hockey.

    • FoozieGrooler - May 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Yeah, what’s the matter with that guy anyway?
      ..basing an important decision like that merely on where he would have the best chance of winning…
      Sheesh, what a maroon…

  14. joerevs300 - May 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, many of the Boston “D” are nursing injuries and/or are still out of the lineup.

    There’s no way they are going to be able to roll with 5 defensemen AND keep the Penguins top 2 lines off the scoreboard.

    Having seen what happened with the Islanders, I’m sure the Penguins see the goal is within reach now. They could have folded like a cheap lawn chair after the way they lost Game 3. Instead, they simply came out and crushed Ottawa in back to back games.

    Rask is going to have to come up with a huge series if Boston is to have a chance to move forward. Any cheap goals (like the one he gave up in Game 4), and that’s something Boston isn’t overcoming. Likewise, while Volkun had acquitted himself well, he still gives up far too many rebounds in the front of the net, and too many of them could start finding their way into the back of it.

    It should be a whale of a series and I see it playing out much like the Islanders one did, I just don’t see how Boston can match lines with the Pens 1-4 over a 7 game series and match the scoring output. Pens in 6, however it would not shock me in the least to see this go to a Game 7.

    • govtminion - May 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      Seidenberg returned tonight, which leaves Andrew Ference and Wade Redden out… and puts Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug in. Factor that an injured D-man means that Dougie Hamilton comes back in- not exactly an AHL schlub call-up- and I’d say the Bruins’ defensive depth is their greatest strength, more than anything.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 26, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Bruins “D” is deeper and better than Pitt. The fourth line is better than Pitt’s. Rask is better than Volkoun/ MAF. Pitt’s front three lines are better than the Bruins. Pitt has home ice. The coaches are a push. Your banter is useless cliches. Happy they have to actually play these games.

  15. hounds2013 - May 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    I might be from Pittsburgh, but…..
    Bruins in 7, preferably on a Jaromir Jagr goal either late in the 3rd or in OT. As he salutes, he looks up at Mario, and says “scoreboard”!

  16. nhstateline - May 26, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    This is the most talented, deepest and most balanced opponent the Bruins have faced in the playoffs in a long time. It’s hard to get a read on this series based on this year because these two full teams haven’t faced each other. Both have had injuries meaning both were using different lineups than what they could have had had. Add to that in the two games in Pittsburgh, both were back to back for Boston with travel and one was the third game in four nights and it’s hard to take much out of those. Same thing with the game in Boston. Pens didn’t have Sid or Malkin and still won. Of course this was a saturday afternoon game that was scheduled for friday night at the end of the most stressful week in the history of Boston and it’s also hard to take much out of that. This should be a great series between two talented, well coached teams. Bruins in 7 but I wouldn’t be shocked (or disappointed, they got to the ECF) if it ended up being Pens in 7.

    • sombostevo - May 26, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      So you’re saying it’s hard to make much of the games because of the schedule? What about the fact that the Pens beat the B’s 3 straight times with DEFENSE without Malkin for all 3 games and the last game was without Crosby, Malkin, and Neal. I don’t care what the schedule looks like. Now if you wanna say the regular season is the regular season, I’ll buy that because the playoffs are different. But to use the schedule as an excuse for the B’s when they played essentially the 2nd line of the Pens as the 1st line with a few AHLers on the roster then you are ignoring what went against the Pens in those games. Do I think this’ll be a great series? Absolutely. The B’s are the fiercest and most physical team the Pens have played thus far. Rask has played decent but certainly not great. He’ll need to play great for the B’s to win this series. Can’t wait to watch. Pens in 6!

  17. jacketsfan7 - May 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I love both teams, both teams have great defense , offense , depth , and special teams , both teams are great on home , with great coaching , based on this I think it’ll be a seven game series.

  18. bucrightoff - May 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    The only way the Penguins don’t win the Cup is if Vokoun meltsdown or they sustain serious injuries. But they only have 2 out of 11 games so far this postseason they haven’t scored 4 goals or more. When you need to score 5 a game to beat them, thats asking a ton.

  19. nhstateline - May 26, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    No excuse. These games aren’t played in a vacuum in the regular season, they’re played on a schedule that works differently for each team on any given night. In both of those games in Pittsburgh, the Bruins had to travel and were in heavy stretches, those things mattered on a nightly basis in the compacted NHL season we saw this season (we saw the same thing with the Leafs in the first round. A couple of the games they had played in Boston were on nights when they had played on nights after they had a home game and traveled. This meant it was hard to say what they would be like in a playoff series. Both of these teams also had injuries when they played each other during the season. The Pens didn’t have their two best players in the last game meaning they could well be better than the considerable amount of credit I’m giving them. Injuries are not an excuse for the Bruins either, it just means that because we haven’t seen exactly this matchup, it’s hard to really say how it plays out. Ask the Rangers if they thought having Krug and Bartkowski in the Bruins lineup changed the speed and way the Bruins broke out of their own zone. The answer will be absolutely yes. Totally different team and one the Pens haven’t seen either. Pittsburgh’s a great team. great organization and has a great fan base that’s seen a lot of great players and a ton of bad management decisions (until Mario’s group took over). This is going to be a great series.

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