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Video: Bruins survive Penguins flurry in last minute

Jun 7, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

After two lopsided wins to begin the 2013 Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in a more familiar way in the second half of the sweep: by playing smothering defense.

Sometimes it means getting a little lucky/Tuukka Rask making some incredible saves, though. In even more desperate moments, it occasionally comes down to players making the stops.

While it wasn’t quite as impressive as Michael Ryder‘s handball save from 2011, Zdeno Chara getting his glove in the way of Evgeni Malkin‘s potential tying shot was impressive and timely:

Sequences like the one above left head coach Dan Bylsma looking for answers and seemingly coming up with borderline spiritual answers.

” … And at the end it felt like not only Tuukka Rask was keeping the puck out of the net, but there was a force around the net because we had some great opportunities, good situations for our team, our players, and were not able to find any kind of goal in this series, and never a lead,” Bylsma said.

  1. bobhpine - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Joel Q will have this series won in 5.

    Ironic how Boston fans hate Matt Cooke for ending Marc Savard’s career (even though Savard’s former teammate Matt Hunwick ACTUALLY ended his career) and the turn around and wish a career ending head injury on Sidney Crosby.

    Did I say ironic? I meant pathetic. You people are pathetic.

    • bbgraf08 - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Shut up, loser. Look around…the majority of people on these boards saying anything about 0-4 Crosby are not Bruins fans.

      Although he was very valuable in this series with his 0 points.

    • wicky888 - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Speaking of pathetic…..what a sore loser. Sack up

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      How’s the hangover blowpine? The only thing pathetic in that series was the lack of leadership on the Penguins and the incessant complaining and diving from them. Hard to like anything about that team. Pretty pathetic to get swept in the ECF. Nice couple of days off for the Bruins, nice to have direct flights to LA and Chicago.

    • bosoxfanpeds - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Hunwick and Cooke should be paying Savards costs to the Bruins…. If the league made the team give up 1st round draft picks these guys wouldn’t play that way….Especially if the owners were given their salaries as a penalty…..Fans pay to see their clubs intact not in the hospital rooms…..

  2. tlndma - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    I said before the series the Bruins biggest advantage was in goal. That if the B’s came close to even in scoring chances, I liked their chances. I never thought they could sweep Pittsburgh. Did anyone?
    Pittsburgh’s plan in the first game, to out tough Boston, was foolish. God knows where their heads were at game 2. Defense, goaltending and timely scoring took care of the rest. 2 goals in four games, that’s not all luck.

  3. bosoxfanpeds - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    I was ready and pumped for a seven game series……Who were the Bruins playin again???? I forget already…..There are some awesome talent this year in the draft trade someone and make sure your in on that young talent……

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