Pittsburgh 2 – Boston 1: Post-Game Thoughts (10) on the Penguins being 2 for 2 against Bruins this week

 

POST-GAME BUZZ The Eastern Conference top team? the Pittsburgh Penguins are two for two against the Boston Bruins this week, defeating Boston 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Consol Energy Center, extending their winning streak to nine games. The Penguins were outshot 32-18, but gave up just one goal as the Penguins suddenly have look of a defensive sound team over their last five games. It marked the fourth time in five games, the Penguins have given up 1 goal or less. The Penguins had to play the final two periods without top defenseman Kris Letang who left the game with a 1:26 remaining in the first period and never returned. Replays showed Letang appeared to get injured after taking a slash from Boston’s Brad Marchand. The team is calling the injury a lower body injury. Letang who leads all NHL defensemen with 28 points, was a minus-1 and hadRead More »

Will Penguins scoring prowess dictate trade deadline plans for other top East contenders?

 

PENGUINS GETTING ATTENTION OF OTHERS? The Penguins are far from perfect team. They have issues on the penalty kill, are inconsistent defensively and they don’t exactly get great goaltending from Marc Andre Fleury. That said, the Penguins are scary good offensively and chatter in league circles is the Penguins scoring prowess is getting the attention of at least one top Eastern Conference contender who are said to feel the need to bolster their scoring punch as the Penguins have the look of a team that could go on a run and just outscore everybody, regardless of how good of a team they are going up against defensively.

Penguins erupt for three third period goals in 4:15 span to knock off Bruins 3-2

 

PITTSBURGH 3 – BOSTON 2 UPDATED (10:40 P.M.) One thing teams will learn against the Pittsburgh Penguins (19-8-0, 38 pts) is to not sit back. The Boston Bruins (17-4-3, 37 pts) in control of the game, led 2-0 with under seven minutes in the third period but in back to back situations and a backup goaltender in goal, the Bruins were playing with fire as the Penguins were coming and erupted for three third period goals in a 4:15 span, en route to a 3-2 win over the Bruins on Tuesday night at the Consol Energy Center. “We sat back too much on our lead,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “Nobody to blame but ourselves.” Trailing 2-0, Chris Kunitz (18) scored a beautiful one-timer goal at 13:42 of the third period that got the Penguins rolling to cut the Bruins lead to 2-1, and Brandon Sutter (7, 8) wouldRead More »

Post-Morning Skate Buzz: The challenge of the Penguins matching up against Bruins style of play

 

POST-MORNING SKATE BUZZ What you heard out of the Penguins locker room this morning when describing the Bruins is “structure”. “Very structurally sound,” head coach Dan Bylsma said of the Bruins. “Really good team, balanced throughout their lineup. In addition to that have the best penalty kill in the league,” Bylsma said. As no one has been able to slow down the Penguins offensively of late, Bylsma has been looking forward to the challenge of playing a defensive stout team of the Bruins caliber. “I like the challenge,” Bylsma said. “Have been thinking about that heading into this game. Playing a real structured team that has not allowed a lot of goals. Anticipating this being more type of {defensive} game and one I think we want to play against this team. We’ve been playing much better away from the puck.” The Penguins will be looking to make the Bruins playRead More »

Morning Pens Buzz: Senators coach calls Bruins “best” team in East

 

MORNING PENS BUZZ The Pittsburgh Penguins (18-8-0, 36pts) and Boston Bruins (17-3-3, 37 pts) clash tonight at the Consol Energy Center in what could be a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview between the two teams. Boston in back to back situations played in Ottawa last night, winning 3-2 in a shootout, improving to 17-3-3 and have now earned points in 20 of 23 games this season. The Bruins and Penguins who are regarded by many as the two top Cup contenders in the Eastern Conference are different teams system wise. The high scoring Penguins are first in the NHL with 97 goals, averaging 3.65 goals per game and have the 3rd ranked power play at 25.7%. Defensively the Penguins are not as fortunate to be ranking near the top of the league. The Penguins enter Tuesday’s action 21st in the NHL giving up 2.92 goals per game and have penaltyRead More »

Latest Scouting Buzz: Penguins continue to have a heavy presence at Wild games in last two weeks

 

LATEST PENGUINS SCOUTING BUZZ Consol Energy Center has been a popular scouting place for general managers this week during the Penguins three game homestand that wraps up tonight. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was in town Wednesday night for Flyers-Penguins and the Bruins are in the market for depth forwards, while Blues GM Doug Armstrong was in Pittsburgh Friday night taking in the Penguins – Panthers game. Meanwhile, Penguins top pro scout Don Waddell is wrapping up a long scouting trip this week that had him seeing a majority of Western Conference teams and the Penguins continue to have a heavy presence at Minnesota Wild games in the past two weeks. Waddell was in Edmonton Thursday night scouting the Oilers – Wild then was in Calgary last night scouting the Wild and Flames. At this point of the season, the Penguins are in the process of evaluating potential trade deadline targetsRead More »

With number of key players entering last year of deal, Bruins lock up Brad Marchand to four year extension

 

The Boston Bruins today signed forward Brad Marchand to a four-year, $18 million extension through the 2016-17 season. Marchand, 24, set career highs in goals (28), assists (27) and points (55) last season for the Bruins and was a +31, which ranked 5th in the NHL. The deal carries a cap hit of $4.5 million and is a good deal for both sides. Marchand is not a true top-6 forward, but is just 24 years old and is also one of those heart and soul players you win championships with. The Bruins though have some cap issues to deal with moving forward. Boston has $68.8 million committed to salaries for 2012-2013, according to cap geek, and even with Marchand now taking care of, the Bruins still have a number of key forwards entering the last year of their contracts. The notable players include Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin, inRead More »

NHL Playoffs: Capitals upset defending champs, advance to 2nd round on Joel Ward’s OT winner

 

The Washington Capitals beat the defending Cup champions Boston Bruins as Joel Ward scored in overtime of Game 7 giving Washington a thrilling 2-1 win. The Capitals punched their ticket to the second round joining the Philadelphia Flyers in the East. Two Game 7’s on Thursday night involve the 1. New York Rangers – 8. Ottawa Senators and 3. Florida Panthers – 6. New Jersey Devils. All seven games during the Bruins – Capitals series were one goal games, setting a playoff record. The star of the series was Capitals 22 year old netminder Braden Holtby who has come out of nowwhere to solidify the Capitals goaltending position. Under head coach Dale Hunter, Washington has evolved into a defensive minded team, which has led to Alexander Ovechkin seeing less ice time than he did under Bruce Boudreau.

Morning Pens Buzz: A look at the Good and Bad out of last night’s 5-3 win over Boston

 

Pittsburgh 5 – Boston 3 MORNING PENS BUZZ The Pittsburgh Penguins moved closer to clinching home-ice in the first round, with a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist, and James Neal scored the go-ahead goal on the power play for his 40th of the season, leading Pittsburgh to the 5-3 victory. [instory] With the New York Rangers locking up the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers helped give Pittsburgh some breathing room for the No. 4 seed, as the Penguins moved three points ahead of the Flyers. When evaluating last night’s Penguins win, it was a game that is hard to feel really great about the Penguins, considering it felt like a meaningless game for the Bruins and they played like it at times, while also playing Marty TurcoRead More »

Tonight’s Pens – Bruins Pre Game Buzz, Lineup News, Top Storylines & What to watch For

 

Penguins (48-25-6, 102 pts) @ Bruins (47-28-4, 98 pts) PRE-GAME BUZZ — The Boston Bruins are 7-1-1 in their last nine games, and are starting to find their game going into the playoffs. However, a potential second round or Eastern Conference Finals preview tonight will not the feature the Bruins “A” team from a personnel standpoint. The Bruins already locking up the No. 2 seed, will not dress goaltender Tim Thomas tonight, won’t have top-6 forward Jordan Caron due to flu-like symptoms, in addition to defenseman Adam McQuaid, and the Bruins will be dressing rookie defenseman Torey Krug , making his NHL debut.