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Video: PHT Extra — Pens-Bruins Eastern Conference finals preview

May 30, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

On Thursday, Brough and I talked to NBC’s Kay Adams about what to expect from the 2013 Eastern Conference finals.

In the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, we have two of the last four Stanley Cup winners, and two teams that easily dispatched of their opponents in the conference semis.

(The Pens beat the Sens in five games; the Bruins beat the Rangers in five as well.)

What are some of the keys for both Boston and Pittsburgh?

We take a look in the latest edition of PHT Extra:


  1. Stiller43 - May 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    “There was a problem loading the requested video. Please try again.”

    • JoeAvg - May 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Please people quit griping about videos not working on your mobile device. Each one of those things has it’s own specs for video and it will only play a file if it meets those specs – but they’re different for every device. You cannot possibly expect a news site, whose desire is to get stories to the public as fast as possible, to take the time to encode each video several different ways for all the possibilities out there. It’s not feasible for them.

      Nothing personal Stiller43.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 31, 2013 at 1:40 AM

        I know, it’s not like it’s a major news network or anything

  2. JoeAvg - May 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I can’t remember a power play that has both as many different looks and as many weapons as the current Penguins roster. This series will be decided by the success of PItt’s PP or Boston’s PK.

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      When Pascal Dupuis, who is leading the playoffs in scoring, and Jarome Iginla don’t make the cut for the top powerplay unit, you know you’re about to be fighting quite the uphill battle.

      • mordock57 - May 31, 2013 at 3:01 AM

        But… umm… Iggy IS on the top power play unit. Has been for pretty much the entire playoff run.

      • chanceoffleury1 - May 31, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        He was in the first series (him and James Neal rotated) but they moved him down and James Neal back on the top PP unit full time. Look at the Pens Reports on the penguins website from the last 2 weeks and you’ll see Iggy has regularly been playing on the 2nd PP unit full time and James Neal is regularly on the 1st PP unit. They are no longer rotating. Barring anybody is tired and needs a break, the Pens top PP unit is Malkin and Letang on the points, Kunitz in front of the net, Crosby down low and Neal finding open ice wherever he can. They used that from about the 3rd game of the Sens series onward and haven’t tried slipping Iginla back in.

        Regardless, James Neal not making the top PP unit would be just as crazy. He led the NHL in PP goals last year and was 3rd this year despite missing 8 games.

  3. Stiller43 - May 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM


    For a news site that posts SEVERAL videos a day, and since tons of people post how their device doesnt let them view the video either…idk, personally i think it not only makes sense for that site to use the vast resources of the parent company (ya heard of NBC?) to figure out how to post videos that actually play on THEIR app, but it behooves them if they actually want to attract readers to the site (or app).

    Just my opinion.

  4. Stiller43 - May 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    ESPECIALLY when its an NBC produced video. Its not like they grabbed some other sites video and tried to post it here.

  5. pennerismyhomeboy - May 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Pens in 5. Rask crumbles.

  6. madmax80 - May 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    pennerismyhomeboy – May 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM
    Pens in 5. Rask crumbles.


    Like Fleury?

    • pennerismyhomeboy - May 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      exactly. but it looks like the pens have solved that problem.

  7. sweezz - May 31, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I wonder how many powerplay the nhl will give pittsburgh with 5 mins left in the 3rd of game 1 when they are down by 1 point?

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Depends on how much Lucic and Marchand decide to act like Matt Cooke.

  8. mordock57 - May 31, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Wow, advance whining and excuses before Game 1… that’s pretty weak.

  9. papajack1259 - May 31, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    The Bruins are the fourth best team remaining, the Pens are the offensive elite, the x factor is the two rookie Defensemen on the Bruins and the youngster Seguin. No surprises on the Pens they will score 2/4 goals every game can the Kids step it up? This should be a fun series…….

  10. salsendardo - May 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    This is going to be a great series. Each team is playing its toughest opponent to date.

    Also it should be expected that the videos work for everyone. If they are using HTML5 it should not matter what device is trying to load the video.

  11. bruins18 - May 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    The X factor for the bruins are the two rookie d men and seguin? How bout krejci who’s 1st in points 2nd in assists and 2nd in plus minus along with Horton whose 1st in +/- with a + 14… This series is gonna be a hard fought series and the B’s are gonna have to play smart disciplined hockey and they’ll be fine. They have quite a bit of weapons and there’s no way vokoun is going to out play rask. Btw expect jagr to have a breakout series… Calling that now

  12. bruins18 - May 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Oh and vokoun and fleury are no lundqvist and look what the B’s did to him… Just sayin

  13. bruins18 - May 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Oh and vokoun and fleury are no lundqvist and look what the B’s did to him… Just sayin

  14. papajack1259 - May 31, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Alas bruins18….. Having followed this team all year ..have they shed the Jeckle & Hyde play? I certainly hope so…I hope you are right about Jagar I root for Seguin with my heart on my sleeve…..Fun Fact 1-The Bruins never lose when Sidenberg scores Fun Fact 2- Will Pittsburgh riot if they lose?finally The winner of the first game will win the series…just a hunch

  15. bruins18 - May 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I hear you on the Jekyll and Hyde style they’ve been playing but after that game 7 against the leafs I feel like they kinda snapped out of it if it wasn’t for a couple mistakes in the rangers series that was a sweep. Also yes I love seguin but he’s disappointed me for the majority of this season, if him and jagr get going its gonna be one hell of a series

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