The Boston Bruins are heading towards the Stanley Cup with a clean sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins right now, only two wins away from another Stanley Cup trip. The Penguins are on their heels and heading to Boston in the attempt to salvage their season. The Bruins got the game off to a quick start last night with an early goal 30 seconds into the first period by Brad Marchand. The Bruins held the Penguins at bay during the first period while they smoked two more goal past Tomas Vokoun, ramping up the score to 3-0. The Penguins changed out goalies and Marc- Andre Fluery returns to the net for the Pens. The Penguins rally, with 15 seconds left of the first period and finally made it on the board with a goal, attempting to close the gap. The Bruins responded with another goal by Marchand, returning their 3 point lead, the first period ended with a 4-1 score. After a scoreless second period, the Bruins started off the third period with a goal and just for good measure, with one minute of play remaining in this hopeless game for the Pens, the Bruins scored again running the score up to 6-1.
The Penguins have the firepower and have dominated offensively earlier during the Stanley Cup playoffs. But, during this Conference Final series, they have been disorganized and appear to be a distant version of the Penguins that were once Stanley Cup contenders. This team looked disorganized as they fell over, turned over pucks and gave away the game to the Bruins who railroaded the Penguins. While the Penguins have showed us in the past that they are comfortable playing with a deficit, no team has lost the first two Conference Final games at home and gone on to win and to play for the Stanley cup. Coach Dan Byslma pulled Vokoun after he allowed the Bruins to dash to their 3 point lead but the goal tending was not the Penguins issue, the Pens defense was lacking and basically non-existent last night. On the other hand, the Bruins defense was really good and were able to hold the scoring chances to a minimum for the Penguins throughout the entire game. The Penguins star players: Crosby and Letang had a bad night, giving away turn overs that ended up in the back of the Penguins net. As Crosby said after the game last night, “Tonight we were just terrible. There is no other way to describe it.” The Penguins head to Boston with a 2 game deficit looking for a win to break out of their losing streak and save their season. The Bruins won’t be underestimating this team, although they have only given up one goal to the Penguins during the first 2 games and have been able to score 9, it looks like an easy sweep but the Bruins know the Penguins can be dangerous. If the Bruins continue playing hockey like they have during this series, they are on their way to sweeping the Penguins and are strong Stanley Cup contenders.