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Discuss: Bruins beat Pens in double OT

Jun 6, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins didn’t cruise to a 3-o series lead by any means on Wednesday, but the end result was similar: heartache for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The B’s took advantage of some nice plays by Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand to set up Patrice Bergeron‘s 2-1 goal in double overtime.

Let’s discuss the game.

  • Tomas Vokoun was excellent, but he still lost. Should the Penguins stick with him as they face a possible sweep in Game 4 on Friday?
  • Speaking of strong goaltending, Tuukka Rask was nothing short of incredible, stopping 54 shots. He’s only allowed two goals in three games (and almost 11 periods) of hockey against the NHL’s top-scoring team. Can the Bruins even afford him at this point? (At least he’s a restricted free agent instead of an unrestricted one.)
  • Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin remain pointless in this series, but both made impacts at times. Are they goats to you regardless?
  • On the subject of whipping boys, Kris Letang had a much better night. Which of the Penguins’ big three showed the most improvement?
  • David Krejci continues to strengthen his scoring lead. Where does he rank among NHL forwards in your mind now?
  • Jaromir Jagr seemed to keep getting stronger in the contest. Does he have what it takes to keep playing beyond this season?
  • Which Bruins deserve more credit than they’re receiving? To some extent, the top stories are still about the Penguins’ shortcomings.
  • Do you give Pittsburgh any chance to come back?
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  2. wyannuzzi - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    This is following the same pattern as the Wilkes Barre Penguins (AHL Pens) and Providence Bruins (AHL Bruins) followed a couple weeks ago and look what happened. Steep hill to climb, but doable

    Game 1 – PROVIDENCE 8, W-B/Scranton 5
    Game 2 – PROVIDENCE 4, W-B/Scranton 2
    Game 3 – Providence 2, W-B/SCRANTON 1 (OT)
    Game 4 – W-B/SCRANTON 3, Providence 1
    Game 5 – W-B/SCRANTON 4, Providence 0
    Game 6 – W-B/Scranton 2, PROVIDENCE 1 (OT)
    Game 7 – W-B/Scranton 5, PROVIDENCE 0

    • grilledjesus - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Pitt has scored two goals in three games. What makes you think they are suddenly going to start scoring enough goals to win four games in a row?

    • nolesshabitual - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      The Bruins know all about the dangers of blowing 3 game leads to Pennsylvania teams but ask Philly how it worked out when they were down 3 the second year. The Bruins have the experience to close it out now, even if the Baby B’s don’t. At least your AHL success will keep you happy all summer.

    • pepper2011 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Would also like to point out that both Krug and Bartowski were called up to the B’s after game 3. So they were down their top 2 d-men, who were busy helping the Bruins move on.

  3. jaybaileys - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I thought that was a great game even though the Pens didn’t get a win. They showed they have some heart. But ultimately they are not the better team. Boston has totally shut down their goal scorers (with some help from the iron), gotten better goaltending although I think Vokoun has been great, and shut down their power play. I think the Pens had the right team, Bylsma just didn’t put them in the best position to win. Why Iginla isn’t at the point on the PP, I have no idea. Why he isn’t playing with Crosby, I have no idea. He will have to answer to Shero for that. The Bruins have been the better team all series, no two-ways about it. I hope the Pens at least win a game but after scoring 2 goals in 3 games I’m not even sure they can do that. To whoever plays Boston in the Finals, shoot high, Rask has built a brick wall around the bottom third of the net.

    • spitfisher - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Nice to see and hear guys like Jaybaileys, with enough appreciation for the game and a worthy opponant. Its such a turn off to read the childish and ill informed scripts from over the top Bird fans, Cindy lovers etc………and yes I do acknowlwedge there are some knucklehead bruins fans living in their mothers basement typing away how great they are last night and how crappy they were a few weeks ago.

      The Birds as far as I can see, read and heard were built on high octane scoring first with some defense, score enough goals where you can get by with a OK goalie,because you will simply score more goals. The bruins are built on rolling four lines of mid to low salary gritty grinders with a focus of defense first, sprinkle in a some talent of shooting with a balance attack of all four lines, rely heavily on the best defensive player and pairings, with a premium goalie, keep the play out of your end.

      Basically this series is a clash, a tug of war between to team philosophies.

  4. dufferin101 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Providence started losing after Boston called up Krug.

  5. jimeejohnson - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    It is hard to believe that the Bruins are dominating a very powerful Penguins club so much. But they are. It’s nice not to be a hater in this situation because you get to really be flabbergasted and in awe rather than smug and obnoxious.

  6. lp0320 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Last night was probably the best game of the entire Cup Finals so far. The first period was sloppy on the Pens part, but the next four were what Hockey’s all about. I don’t care what team you root for, both the Bruins and the Pens played just about the best hockey that’s ever been seen.

    No whining from this Pens fan – we didn’t lose because of dirty play or officiating, we lost because Rask stood on his head for his team. Vokoun was awesome, but Rask stopped 54 shots. You can’t ask for more than that from your team. If the Pens can’t pull this out, (and it is doubtful), I have to root for Boston. One, because they are from the Eastern Conference, and two, because they have put together a plan and are playing as a team. They are the best team in the league right now.

    To all Pens haters and Crosby haters – grow the f*ck up – you all act like you skate with your team out on that ice. I read in an earlier post that other fans hate Crosby and the Pens because of the constant media attention. I’ve never heard of Crosby or the Pens organization ask for the media to talk about them to the exclusion of every other team. Crosby used to shy away from the media, and was called arrogant. He talks to the media, and he’s either whining or full of himself. It’s disheartening to read an article and they have to read the nasty, stupid, and moronic posts that the haters post. It would be nice to be able to have an intelligent, knowledgeable conversation for a change, and that includes some Pens posters.

    • spitfisher - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      You lost for a number of reasons beyond Rask, don’t try selling the baloney that the Birds are victims here. Poor Cindy so misunderstood. Much like the sedin sisters they bring it all on themselves.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Spitfisher spitting sperm.

  7. lp0320 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Spitfisher – if you read the post, you would see that I was giving credit to the Bruins and didn’t say that we were victims. You’re the type of moron that shouldn’t even be able to post. Tell me where the Bruins stay in the game if Rask hadn’t made the unbelievably phenomenal saves that he did? Obviously the defense struggled a bit if they gave up 55 shots.

    You are beneath my time to acknowledge.

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