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Crosby: Pens have ‘turned the page’ after Bruins sweep

Nov 25, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

Marc-Andre Fleury, Sidney Crosby, Zdeno Chara AP

The two division leaders in the Eastern Conference meet tonight in Boston when the Bruins (15-6-2) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (15-9-0).

It’s the second meeting of the season between the teams; the first, on Oct. 30, was a 3-2 victory for the Pens.

“We didn’t play to our identity,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said following that defeat. “We didn’t play a heavy game for two periods tonight. We had to play three periods like we did in the third and that wasn’t the case.”

The B’s, of course, swept the Pens in last year’s playoffs, outscoring them 12-2 in the four games combined.

“I think we’ve all turned the page,” Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said today, per NHL.com. “It’s something that we’ll hopefully learn from. But I think we’re all moving on and making sure that we learn from it.”

Fun fact: If the Pens were in the Western Conference, they wouldn’t be in a playoff position. The Bruins would be, but only barely, based on regulation/overtime wins.

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  1. apkyletexas - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    “Fun fact: If the Pens were in the Western Conference, they wouldn’t be in a playoff position. The Bruins would be, but only barely, based on regulation/overtime wins.”

    Or – they would both be piling up wins against weak-ass Western bottom-dwellers instead of getting beaten up every night in the East.

    One or the other.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      You realize that’s backwards right? They’re doing what they’re doing in an easier conference. Put them in a harder conference, they’d do worse. Of course that’d fly right over the head of a Penguins fan.

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Check the stats where the flyers would fall in the western conference. Its a fun fact too!

      • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        zzzzzzzzzzz. so old. say something about the Penguins, have it turned on the Flyers. call out another delusional Penguins fan, have it turned on the Flyers.

        yes, curioustraveler, I realize the Penguins are ahead of the Flyers in the standings. thanks for yet another reminder. still, that doesn’t mean apkyletexas is any less of a moron for thinking that playing in a harder conference would yield a better record.

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        So you make fun of penguin fans in general in your last comment, and then say its getting tiring when i point out how bad your team is statistically compared to western teams. You constantly belittle me for posting on flyer related articles making fun of them, and yet here you were provoking a pens fan. You can’t have it both ways buddy.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        go find another Penguins article where I’m talking sh** (except for that one from the weekend where I called out your boy pittpenguins, not the Penguins as a team). please, do that. you won’t find it. I, on the other hand, can go to any flyers article on this site and a couple of your buddies or yourself will be there talking sh**. it’s like f’ing clockwork. Flyers article, curious, pittpenguins, steelers, one of you is there to sling some rocks. well, here I am.

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        That’s probably because its hard to trash talk on a team that is 2nd in the east, and has the leagues top point producer as the captain. However it is really easy to trash talk on team that started 1-7, and at one point had a captain who was being outscored by a goalie 12 games into the season. Were only as good as the material, and the flyers do provide really good material.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Who is pittpenguins? Is he new on here?

      • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        lol yes, Flyers fans have a hard time talking sh** about the Penguins. that’s a fact.

        hey, how’d that last playoff series we had go? hey, how’d you guys do against the Bruins last year? yeah, we sure as hell have no ammo against you guys, no way.

        and you wonder why we call you delusional. you think your team is perfect and does no wrong. i’ll see what you say after yet another playoff fail. goodbye.

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        No team is perfect. Defiantly not the penguins. They are however pretty good, and boast the worlds best player. Those playoff stats you keep throwing out don’t hurt one bit. You can’t win them all. You being a flyer fan, I’m sure you’r aware of this. It’s been how long now for you guys like 14,200 days.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        god damn dude, your backtracking is sickening. we don’t have any ammo against the Penguins. no, wait, now we do? ok man.

        like i said, good day sir.

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        ammo from this year? Not a lot. Ammo from the past, well yea so does 29 other teams. Good day!

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Curious remember you can’t reason with a Flyers fan.

      • c9castine - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        simple math tells you with less teams, there are equal amounts of point to be spread out amongst two less teams. don’t get me wrong the west is deeper but its misleading as to how bad the difference is. of course that’d fly right over the head of a flyers fan.

        and not to disappoint you in my habitual one-upping, the flyers would be in 23rd instead of that solid 11 spot they got going on in the east. we would at least still be higher in the league that you are in the East.

    • bmscalise - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      The Pens have a 4-2 record against the West, and their two losses were by a goal each. And this is despite a whole lot of injuries. They aren’t a perfect team, but they’d be fine whichever conference they were in.

      Bottom line: West has a better record because its teams are build to play a more grinding, low-scoring style, whereas the best East teams were built for speed. The West has benefited from the ever-increasing leniency towards obstruction fouls – it suits the style and the teams’ construction. It’s also why we see less than 5 goals a game now.

  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    There are plenty of bottom dwellers in the east that the pens have beaten by as well. Just look at their last Panthers game..

    The pens would definitely have a harder time in the West. The defense and goaltending in the West is far superior to that of the Eastern conference. Would they have adapted to the different style of playing they would face in the west, of course. This is just a metaphorical statement made by PHT. Just in case you did not understand.

  3. sjsblitz - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Glad the East has a better record vs. the West…..oh wait……they dont……….so ha

    • jpelle82 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      the pens are 4-2 this year and in 2011-2012 they went 12-2-3 and in 2010-2011 they went 11-3-3 against the west. i wouldnt have a problem with them playing the western teams more often, they really dont have any issue matching up.

  4. terrier92 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    East v West only matters in June Teams now have to play style that allows them to get out of division and on to Conference finals This type of setup is cool as divisions tend to have slightly different styles which makes for interesting SC finals As bruins fan I don’t concern myself with any other teams other than leafs Habs lightining and wings Worry about other matchups in May and June Btw Bruins would be just fine out west

    • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      what, you don’t worry about the Sabres?

      • cofran2004 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Does anyone?

      • jcmeyer10 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        I’m worried about them hurting another Bruins player.

    • hockey412 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      The Bruins are 2 – 3 against West coast teams this year aren’t they?

      • drewzducks - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        They’re 2-1-2 so far against the West. They were also 0-3 against the Pens during the regular season last year, then postseason came along…

      • hockey412 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        I understand the point, I guess. But by your logic pretty much any team would do just fine against the West. That’s why I was asking for clarification.

  5. cmpuck - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Pointless argument.. If the Pens played in the west, they’d still be a legit playoff team probably positioned around San Jose/Colorado in the standings.

    As a side note, it’s gotta really fun to be a Boston sports fan. They have way too many good/great teams.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      dude, half the arguments I have on here are pointless lol. I have them anyway. I can’t resist.

  6. steelers88 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    This might be of topic but…. Consol Energy Center is a great Arena it is state of the art and it’s a beautiful arena but it doesn’t have ANY atmosphere. I have been to 6 other NHL arenas Philadelphia, Boston, New York Rangers, Washington, Detroit, and Chicago. All of these arenas have better atmospheres then the CEC. I don’t understand it Pittsburgh has a good team but they have NO atmosphere! The CEC is better than Mellon Arena in all categories except for atmosphere.

  7. steelers88 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Who cares if the Penguins wouldn’t be in the Playoffs if they were in the west. The fact is they are in the east. The Penguins are 4-2 against the west this year that’s no to bad of a record.

  8. drone501 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    i thought claude giroux was the best player in the world.

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