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Discuss: Bruins sweep Penguins, advance to Stanley Cup finals

Jun 7, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins scored the first and only goal in Game 4 on Friday, sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins in a dominating fashion. Let’s discuss the contest.

  • So, we might as well give you a moment to make fun of Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow for turning down Boston in favor of Pittsburgh. Go ahead, get it out.
  • Tuukka Rask allowed two goals in four games, which is a touch more impressive because Game 3 went so deep. How much money did he make himself in this series? Where does he rank among the top goalies (considering the fact that he’s put up great numbers whenever he’s gotten the chance)? He stopped 158 out of 160 shots.
  • What do you think Tim Thomas is thinking right now?
  • Which opponent should the Bruins hope makes it to the 2013 Stanley Cup finals: the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks?
  • Zdeno Chara had his teammates pose around the Prince of Wales Trophy once again. Pretty cool.
  • Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin failed to score a point in this series? Anyone throwing the “choker” description around?
  • Inevitable question: who gets fired? Who gets traded? Should the answer actually be “None of the above”?
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  1. girouxed - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    They’re going to give Chicago a hard time (I hope) 😬

    • jrhawk - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      It’s gonna be one helluva series, tho!
      The B’s play a very similar game to my Hawks team and if anyone starts predicting, they got sh*t for brains.

      • 8man - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Agreed. But if it happens, it’ll be great to see both of those sweaters on the same ice for hockey’s biggest prize.

        Much respect to the Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL’s best team in 2012-2013.

  2. mgottlieb - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    As a Boston fan, I’m thrilled. But, with exception of Game 2, this was an incredibly close series even though it was a sweep.

    Pens defense and goal tending was very good and a few key bounces and possessions went in favor of the Bs.

    In Game 1, Bs won even though an argument could be made that the Pens outplayed them. Game 2 was an embarrassing brain fart for Pittsburgh. And they don’t get much closer than Games 3 and 4. It could very easily been tied up going into Game 5.

    But it isn’t. Rask has been special. The Bruin’s intensity and focus has been championship caliber. And all that could bite them in the backside if they get off to a slow start in the next series.

    I love watching this game!

  3. bobhpine - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Celebrating Jarome Iginla NOT winning instead of actually celebrating your own team winning is so freaking sad. When the Pens won the cup in 2009 they did so at the expense of former Pen who spurned them Marian Hossa. Celebrating his loss instead the Pens’ victory would have been unfathomable. It didn’t happen. Winning was what brought joy,

    After all, who cares about the misery of one man when an entire city should be rejoicing.

    Well, the sorry mass holes have done it. Reveling in iginla’s loss, a guy who never even played for your team, a guy who played in Calgary who you had no reason to hate, is the cause for joy. congrats. You kept Iginla from a cup. Mission accomplished. You’re George Bush on the air craft carrier.

    Don’t worry. Boston will go back to being a loser city where it belongs. The celtics are old and dead, the pats can’t win unless they cheat, the sawx need PEDs to win like the Yankees and pay a ton to lose in the playoffs, and the Bruins are just waiting to get stomped by the Blackhawks.

    It will hurt way worse when the Hawks are skating around TDGarden with the cup.

    Wicked hurt.

    • 19to77 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      You mean like your pride right now? Keep on crying, bob.

    • mmmpierogi - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Why bring up Hossa? Iginla never played for the Bruins — Hossa suited up for the Pens and acted as if he wanted to be more than a rental when that wasn’t his agenda from the get-go. He learned better a year later. It’s apples to oranges comparing Iginla and Hossa. Anyone in Boston whining still about Iginla is being a child at this point, and that should be the least of anyone’s concerns.

      • nolesshabitual - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        Nobody’s whining about Iginla, just laughing that he would be in the finals like he wanted if he’d have just taken the better deal for Calgary instead of forcing the move to a “better” team. Boston loves mocking this type of arrogance, and earned the right to by sweeping the flightless birds to get back to the finals. Don’t worry though we’re gonna move on to whoever comes out of the west while you guys seethe about what could have been with all that star power.

      • mmmpierogi - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Mmmm … actually, there was a very loud collective whine about Iginla that rose from the city of Boston long before anyone knew that the Bruins and Pens would even face one another in the playoffs or what the outcome of said series would be. If you live in the Boston area, I’m not sure how you missed it — it was quite audible from where I live in CT.

        I understand that it’s easy to re-write history or to act is if you had clairvoyance when things go your way. That said, had the Bruins not faced the Pens in the playoffs this year or had they lost to them, I really, really doubt that you’d be talking about mocking any type of arrogance or acting as if you got vengeance on a guy who has no prior history or connection with the Bruins aside from the fact that he chose not to play there (how dare he!). Instead, I believe the tone would be one much more of questions about the insignificant contributions of the guy that was signed in place of Iginla (Jagr) and whether they should have gone after someone else, “what-if” scenarios about what might have happened if they’d got Iginla instead of Jagr, etc. Ultimately, neither of these guys had a major impact on the outcome of this series, so the debate is actually pretty immaterial on some level.

        Bottom line: my intent was in pointing out the lack of comparison between the Iginla and Hossa situations and to point out that Penguin fans have bigger concerns. It sucks the Pens lost, but at least the cloud of whine has lifted now that the gods of justice and all-things-right have had their say by ensuring that Iginla lost.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Typical. Your team sucks so all you can do is piss on other people’s parade. Grow up. Being a whiny little girl is unbecoming. Pick a better team, be humble, or shut your mouth.

      • drone501 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        i thought our team was pretty damn good. rask was just better.

    • sabatimus - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:51 AM

      I think you meant “butt hurt”.

    • itsallniceonice - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      You earn a cup you don’t deserve it.

    • theskinsman - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:54 AM

      Need a tissue,Bob? Your team got swept. No way to change that fact. Jerome who?

    • bbgraf08 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      This Bob guy is pathetic!! Crying in every article…I love it.

      • drone501 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        bob is great. he speaks the truth.

    • nofunleague - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Hey I’ll rejoice when that whiner Iginla loses as I did when the Lightning beat him as he cried and ranted . too bad little baby. Speak of loser cities, Pissburgh, gets owned by the Ravens this year, and swept, yes swept by Boston.. Go cry in your terrible towel for your terrible team. And if Pissburgh had half a man or a Captain you may fare much better. Until then STFU.

      • lp0320 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Congratulations to Boston, they beat us in four straight. At the end of the night, it didn’t matter that we played well, the score is what mattered and we lost. Good luck in the finals, but the way I see it, anyone playing Boston will have their work cut out for them, they played that well. Rask was awesome.

        That being said, nofunleague – FU*K U – Pittsburgh has a lot to be proud of when it comes to their sports teams – you cannot win the championships every year. I am proud of my teams no matter what. And I would still take my captain and over any other in league. What he did in the off season to help end the lockout speaks volumes of his character. Without him and Mario Lemieux, your greedy owner would have had his way and there wouldn’t have been a season for your team to go the finals. MORON.

      • bbgraf08 - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        lp0320–I hate both the Steelers and the Penguins but agree with you, you can’t win a championship every year. You Penguin fans got a few extra weeks of hockey that most fans didn’t…can’t hate that!

    • ml3939 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Bobhpiningforattention is the biggest ass on this site. I think there were three people who mentioned Ignilia. Instead of being gracious he responds like the loser he is. Check out his posts throughout this site. He trolls other teams articles, mainly Flyers. He thinks he is the only person that noticed Claude Giroux has red hair. He thinks people care that he has drank wine at Penguins games or even had a parking pass (yeah, he actually boasted about this in previous articles). He likes to subtly drop in his posts when he attends games like he is part of some secret society that has access to an event not available to the public. This pathetic result could not have been more appropriate for this pathetic troll.

      But more importantly, congrats to the Bruins and their fans on a well deserved trip to the finals.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Hes on every signal Caps one too, thous is why i hate Pittsburgh. His misery, brings me joy. Stay classy bob and fellow hens fans.

    • lp0320 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Bob, please show some class and just say well done, Boston. You earned it and good luck in the finals.

      To all posters, not all Pens fans whine. Till next year, have a great summer.

    • jrhawk - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      See above.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      bobhwine?

    • pinion8ted - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Let me put this in terms I know you’ll understand …..

      Remember that girl in high school that you always had a crush on, and got up the nerve to ask her to the Homecoming dance, only to have her turn you down for the football captain ….?

      Remember how good you felt when he dumped her a week later?

      Sure, you do.

      It’s a lot like that ;)

  4. mojoquasi - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    There is something really wrong with the fact that they’re still playing hockey in June.

    • jrhawk - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Don’t like it, don’t watch.

  5. jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Scratch one Pittsburgh Stanley Cup parade.

  6. acieu - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    James Carville said it best. Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburg in the West and Alabama in between.

  7. malkinrulez - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Sometimes you run into a white hot goaltender , all you can do is tip your hat and say Congrats. Pens played well in 3,4 but gave away game 2. Bruins deserved the series.

    • lp0320 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Pens fan here, and I couldn’t agree more. Congratulations Boston.

      • gallyhatch - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Some Pitt fans DO have perspective & class like these last two commenters.

        Thanks for the well wishes, tough tough series, and this “sweep” was way WAY closer than a sweep would indicate.

        See you in the fall.

  8. joerevs300 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    There was nothing great about the series if you are Pens fan except the play of Volkun, for except for a couple of those goals in Game 2, is the only reason this wasn’t a MORE lopsided scoring series than it was and gave the Pens a chance to win.

    Boston’s strategy and system took away the space the Pens needed, prevented second and third chance opportunities, and got the Pens chasing the puck and not the man, which pretty much led to most of Boston’s goals in the series.

    Congrats to the Bruins, you earned it completely and utterly, and hopefully the Penguins got a lesson in heart, preparation and passion. There isn’t a Penguin on the ice that would have done what Campbell did for nearly a minute after having his leg shattered by that shot in Game 3.

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