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NHL on NBCSN: Penguins and Bruins renew hostilities

Oct 30, 2013, 9:18 AM EDT

Dennis Seidenberg, Sidney Crosby, Zdeno Chara, Paul Martin Getty Images

Throughout the season, NBCSN will feature the NHL’s fiercest rivalries on Wednesday nights. Tonight the Boston Bruins will head to CONSOL Energy Center to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

When the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins faced off in the Eastern Conference Final last season, many expected it to be a knock-down, drag-out war on the ice. Instead, the Bruins gave the Penguins the bum’s rush, sweeping them out in four straight.

Now that they’re meeting for the first time this season, both teams have seen plenty of changes. Jarome Iginla switched sides, signing with the Bruins over the summer after choosing to be traded to Pittsburgh instead of Boston from Calgary last season.

Gone are Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and Nathan Horton and new guy Loui Eriksson is out with a concussion, although that’s getting better. Boston’s favorite player to hate, Matt Cooke, left Pittsburgh for Minnesota in the offseason, taking some of the heat of this rivalry with him.

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The Penguins return home coming off a win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Before that, however, they had lost three in a row. Kris Letang‘s return to action helped get their defense back to full speed for all of a game and a half before Rob Scuderi went out with an ankle injury.

Scuderi isn’t alone on the injured list. James Neal is still out with an upper-body ailment and Chuck Kobasew will be out for Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury. Beau Bennett is still day-to-day.

The Bruins would like to forget all about their loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. Boston held a 3-1 lead after the first period only to see the struggling Devils chip away and score twice in the final two minutes en route to a 4-3 win. You’d never know the Bruins had won four in a row previous to that with how disappointed they were in losing to the Devils.

This game boils down to its stars though. David Krejci and Milan Lucic lead the way on offense for Boston while Sidney Crosby has 20 points in 12 games to lead the NHL. Patrice Bergeron may have his hands full in trying to shut down Crosby the way he and Zdeno Chara did in the playoffs.

In goal, Tuukka Rask is off to a great start for Boston and Marc-Andre Fleury is playing strong in his own right for the Penguins.

  1. steelpenbucs87 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Hoooo boy – I’m conflicted about this game. One hand I’m excited to get a crack at some revenge against the team that unceremoniously bounced the Pens out of the playoffs last year. With that said, I would have questions about our forward depth with a HEALTHY squad against the bangers from Beantown. With that said, maybe it’ll force HCDB to not try to bang with Boston and play a smarter brand of hockey… either way it’ll be a great game.

  2. hockey412 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Lots of depth players getting their chance here…hopefully the Pens can get some scoring out of them. Not going to be easy with the players in the line-up. No idea what to expect from this one. None.

    • dropthepuckeh - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      A lot of Pens fans making excuses about the line up. Why not wait until after the game to remind the rest of us how banged up the team is……

      • hockey412 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Oh my goodness, an arrogant and obnoxious Bruins fan! Whoever would have guessed?? I’ll bet you’re a real treat to deal with in life.

        I’m not making excuses for a loss, for a win, etc. The point was that a lot of younger and depth players are getting the chance to make a difference. Boston is right behind the Pens in Goals/Game and is doing well so far on goals against in their cute little defensive system or whatever you’d call it….so the Pens won’t be able to play a ‘timid’ system and will have to get shots off, even on the 3rd and 4th line.

        And your mom.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        “Cute little defensive system”

        and… you wonder why nobody worries about you in the playoffs.

        I am pretty sure that “cute little system” has got them to two Cups in three years.

        It also held your HEALTHY (and far better) offense to 2 goals in four games when it really mattered; I guess it is cute.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Also- this is what happens when 75% of your payroll goes to 7 guys. I got news for you Chuck Kobasew is a depth player to begin with. Bennett could/will be good, but still hasn’t done anything. Assists are nice, but being on that team; some are gonna fall in your lap. 3 goals in 31 career NHL games should not break your team. Don’t get me wrong; he’s a nice player but very green. 2 years from now; different story.

        So that leaves Neal – pretty much equivalent to Eriksson.

        Scuderi – your 5th dman?

        stop making excuses; your depth is exposed because you are top heavy.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Pepper you saying scuderi is a 5th defenseman shows how little you really know about hockey. He is the best defensive defenseman on the team by a large margin.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        scuderi was 2nd pairing guy but they made it to the 2nd best record and the ecf finals last year without him so not too worried about that one. megna had a great game monday, an equivalent fill-in for kobasew at this point. i agree the neal/erikkson thing just about cancels out but neal has surely had more of an affect on malkin than losing erikkson does to the his linemates…i mean he’s been there for what 10 games? i dont buy injury excuses before or after a game, anything can happen. i just look forward to watching the crosby/chara match-up and will be interested to see who iginla gets into a fight with….maybe bortuzzo, he’s a real in your face kind of guy…hope it happens.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        wow- Jpelle we had a cordial interaction.

        @ Curious – I think he is your 5th D man.

        in no particular order :Letang, Martin, Orpik, and I guess I had Niskanen ahead of him,but you are probably right. He is your 4th?

        He is a nice player, I like him, but in 569 games he is a +22. I know that doesn’t tell the whole story, but he has also been on some darn good teams. If he is; he is barely a Top 4 D.

        Maybe we are spoiled in Boston, but I wouldn’t see him cracking the Top 6. Pretty equivalent to Ference. A great team guy who is consistent and dependable. Boychuck is a +64 over his career (256g) and McQuaid is a +46 (199G) Seidenberg is a +24 (and sort of disproves my argument) but has been trending up. Since joining the B’s He has been a +54 over the last 4+ seasons.

        At best he is your 4th. The salaries the Pens decided to pay him agrees. 4th Highest D man.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Sorry buddy your 100% wrong. Check out the advanced hockey stats on him. He came back to Pittsburgh for a discounted rate. The order goes Letang (because of offensive production), then scuderi, then martin, orpik, niskanen, maata, bortuzzo. Scuderi plays all the hard minutes against the top lines, leads the team in blocked shots, and is a proven veteran defenesman. He was on the top pairing in LA with doughty when they won the cup, and here in pittsburgh he was a HUGE part of the success they had wining the cup in 09. Hence his nickname “the piece”. He plays top pairing with letang when both are healthy. The fact you say he wouldn’t even crack boston’s top 6 is a joke in itself. You have some learning to do when it comes to the game of hockey.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        I disagree 100%. I don’t think he would crack the top 6.

        I 100% promise you Shero would trade (1 for 1) deadline deal Scuderi for
        McQuaid is a probably, but.. they call him ‘Darth Quader’ so he has the force.

        If you think Rob Scuderi is a Top 2 d man – you are insane. He is a decent player, but you are over valuing him. He was third on the Kings in ice time when they won; barely ahead of a 22 year old voynov.

        Please point me in the direction of these “advanced stats” That is a pretty broad statement.
        2012-13 and I am not seeing it.
        67th in Blocked shots
        157th in Hits
        12 pts

        67 Blocked shots (weird)
        133rd in hits (less than Martin)

        This year 117th TOI
        62nd in 2012-13

        He’s a nice player, but as I said barely a top 4. The advanced stats you speak of keep coming up behind Martin and Orpik. Trust me he did not take much of a discount; if any at all, and that was more than covered by the length of the deal. 4 years is a long time…

      • pepper2011 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Also – I want some actual facts. You keep saying I don’t know the game, but you are ONLY giving your (biased) opinion while I am providing actual proof.

        If he was so good; top 2 good – LA could have found a way. His Salary actually went UP from LA to 4m, but it’s front loaded so the cap hit went down. They chose Mitchell, Greene and Regher over Scuderi.


      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        You don’t watch him play I can guarantee that. Until he was hurt for every 60 minutes of time on the ice for 5v5 his goals against was a .58. That is insane. The advanced stats I’m referring to our Corsi and fenwick. Here’s a link ( his complete advanced hockey stats. Familiarize yourself with Corsi and fenwick then look at the #’s.

      • hockey412 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Ok so now that it’s after the game, yeah the Pens were real banged up. Whew.

  3. esracerx46 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    “Rivalry night”….ha

  4. amityvillefun - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Let’s go Bruins! Big Z and the boys need to dish out the same punishment they did in the conference finals. Lucic has carried over his effort from the playoffs to the beginning of this season and he should be a Bruin to watch. I wish Eriksson was playing but thanks to meat-head John Scott, he’s out with a concussion.

    Iginla would win over a lot of Boston fans with a stand out performance in this game. Wanna prove you are a “Bruin” now? Light up the Pens.

    • hockey412 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      I’m sure proving himself to the Bruins fans is extremely important to him. He doesn’t need to prove he’s anything to any egocentric fan who thinks along those “one of us” lines. He just needs to play hockey, really.

      • amityvillefun - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        It actually does seem rather important to him if you pay attention to Boston media and Iginla’s press comments. He wants to fit in with the team and earn the respect of the fans.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        @amnityville – don’t’ bother with 412. He is bitter and clearly doesn’t understand the game. Iginla has said numerous times how important it is. He did relocate his family here, indicating he would like to stick around past this year. Especially coming from Calgary where he was so beloved; of course it’s important to him to be accepted by B’s fan base.

        “Iginla would win over a lot of Boston fans with a stand out performance in this game. Wanna prove you are a “Bruin” now? Light up the Pens”.

        @412 where is the “one of us” comment you are quoting? I don’t see it. You are trolling. He didn’t say anything that could even be construed as combatant. Nothing about the Pens at all really. He stated his opinion.

        The players usually have a betting pool for when they play their former team(s). It’s obviously important to them to play well against their former team(s).

      • hockey412 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        To prove you are a “Bruin”? Not sure how you aren’t seeing the correlation, so I’ll assume you’re just dumb as a stump. Actually I’ve read your other posts and I think calling you dumb as a stump gives you way too much credit.

      • hockey412 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        ohhhhh man I just read your other posts…I’m giving you wayyyyyyyyy to much credit by calling you dumb. What an A-hole! hahahaha

      • pepper2011 - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        that’s funny. The guy who is calling people dumb and a-holes is claiming class.

        I love people from PA.

        “dumb as a stump” – how old are you?

        and Amnity never said “one of us”

        The “Bruin way” is often referred to, or what it is to be a “Bruin”. This is from a PHT Mike Halford post/article on 10/7

        “It’s definitely part of Bruins hockey, playing against them over the years and watching them,” Iginla told the Boston Globe. “It’s a very competitive, aggressive team.

        “Trying to play alongside of that and contribute in those areas. Try to play physical, try to go [to] the net. Sometimes fights happen. It happened to be in the first game. Every guy takes a lot of pride in competing hard. Fights do happen. Guys are ready for that, too.”

        but, yeah you are right he is not aware or trying to fit in as a “Bruin”

        keep trying.

      • hockey412 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        You done yet, bro? It’s getting old. And makes little sense.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        You still seem very bitter about getting swept. I know it was embarrassing, but you are not on the Penguins. It’s ok buddy, it’s ok.

      • hockey412 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        ok done YET?

      • pepper2011 - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        “It felt good to play here and play at home, have the crowd, and be a Bruin,” Iginla said. “Guys play hard. Some big blocked shots. [Shawn Thornton] starting it off with a tilt there. There’s some hits. It felt good to be a part of an intense season opener again to get things started.”

        -Jarome Iginla WEEI interview.


        also, the number of times he hit Sid last night would indicate he is aware.

      • hockey412 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Indeed, he did seem to take the opportunity to put on a little show for the B’s fans. It was like watching a Teletubby reach it’s target audience by talking nonsense and wearing bright colors, in a way. So, hopefully, by hitting the other teams best player and losing the game, he has proven himself to be a “bruin” and demonstrated the “bruin way”. I still don’t think he needs to prove jack to you – the guy’s got more class in his middle finger than you.

    • c9castine - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      you know he played like a 1/4 of a season with us right? this isn’t your typical “playing vs. his old team” story. its gonna be a good fun game between two good hockey teams there is really no need for stupid extra storylines

    • steelpenbucs87 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I wonder what HCDB’s reaction will be when he sees Iginla line up at RW for the first time… Maybe just, “Hey wait a minute – something looks weird here.” haha

    • amityvillefun - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Thanks Pepper! Go Bruins! HWONK!!!!!!

  5. joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Should be a fun game to watch, and interesting to see how Martin’s d system will stack up against the B’s d system. I don’t care who wins, but certainly hope that the Pens will play better than what they showed last year in the playoffs against the Bs.

  6. curioustraveler13 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    This game will not offer any type of revenge or redemption. That won’t come until May. This game will be fun to watch though. The pens are missing a lot if big names from their lineup, but the players filling their place have proven they can play at this level. If there’s ever a time to turn this powerplay around, tonight’s the night. Hope pens fans give Iginla a round of applause. I know he wasn’t here long, but what a class act. He might not be as good as he once was, but that shot is still a rocket, and he plays hard. Can’t wait till 8. O yea this isn’t a rivalry. Nice try NBC.

    • amityvillefun - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      I have a feeling Cam Neely and Marc Savard would feel differently about it not being a “rivalry.” There is no love between Bruins fans and Penguins fans or these teams.

      Bruins biggest rival will always be the Habs, but Pittsburgh is certainly a rival in the eyes of most Bruins fans.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Sorry I don’t see this as a rivalry. Wings vs hawks, bruins vs habs, pens vs Philly, islanders vs rangers. Those are rivalries. A couple injuries, albeit serious ones, and a couple playoff series don’t yield a rivalry.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        agreed, a rivalry this is not. this is a couple teams with recent history of success and superstar lineups. i dont get how a bruins fan would consider a team a rival just because they beat them badly in a playoff series and had really no other significant games to speak of prior to….i mean…you guys won that series…what is there to be mad at? as far as kasparitis and cooke…just about any fan could then consider their team a rival of the penguins because their shady play was not exclusive to bruins games. they pissed off just about every fan base out there…not a reason to make up a rivalry. there really isnt even player equivalent rivalries…its not like the ovechkin – crosby theme. i dont get it. i think boston fans just hate everything.

    • joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Proud players like Crosby and Malkin, and the coaches have a good memory. Yes! Ultimate redemption will be in the playoffs, but make no mistake about it, the players want to prove they are better than what they showed in the playoffs last year.

  7. ironmd778 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Still can’t believe the Bruins swept them. Ripped their hearts out and stomped on them. Man was that a beautiful thing.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Haha i it did end rather quickly. Not 1:16 quick mind you, but quick. Still the bruins couldn’t finish the job.

  8. nhstateline - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Not many people in Boston will be watching this tonight. there’s some baseball game or something. Could be the same on thursday too but let’s hope not. Halloween, B’s-Ducks and Game 7 ? Mumbles’ll lose his mind on the way out the door with that combo. go Red Sox!!!

  9. freefall0303 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I’m a big fan of both teams so I can’t really pick a favorite here. If they’re playing anyone else it’s easy – especially when either team is playing the flopping Sedin girls in Vancouver or even more so the stinky frogs in Montreal. Love to see it get rammed deep up frogbutt in front of the crybaby fans there who seem to ALWAYS get the penalty call they want when they really need it. Been that way forever since the days of Lafleur.

  10. steelers88 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    How is this a rivalry? So what the Bruins knocked us off last year so what. I have nothing against the Bruins now if it were the Flyers.

  11. titansbro - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Iginla doesn’t need to prove anything to me, the dude can play & that’s enough for me. That said, if he decided to fight (& destroy) Cindy I might buy his jersey. Nah I wouldn’t but it’d sure be awesome.

    BUT, no one in Boston other than jack Edwards is watching this game tonight. Sox!

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