Teams: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins
Series: Boston Leads, 1-0.
Location: CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Face-Off: 8:00 P.M. (EST)
TV/Radio Info: NBC Sports Network – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers)
Last Game: Boston 3, Pittsburgh 0
Tonight’s Lineups (Subject To Change):
Scratches– ….. Carl Soderberg, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Aaron Johnson, Dougie Hamilton, Wade Redden, Matt Bartkowski, Niklas Svedberg
Scratches– ….. Tanner Glass, Joe Vitale, Beau Bennett, Deryk Engelland, Simon Despres, Jeff Zatkoff
Opposing Goaltender: Tomas Vokoun (8 GP/1.98 GAA/.937 Save Percentage)
Prediction: After shutting out the high-powered Penguins’ offense in Game 1, Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask will once again be the key to victory for Boston in the second game of this series on Monday evening at the CONSOL Energy Center. Rask’s 29-save effort on Saturday was nothing short of spectacular, and with the Penguins finding themselves trailing in a series for the first time all postseason, they are most certainly going to come out with a renewed sense of desperation and urgency.
“I expect them (the Penguins) to be better. Any time you lose a game in your own building, and also being the team they are, they’re going to be better. We expect that. And that’s why we need to be better, as well.” – Claude Julien
It will be up to the Bruins to match that initial surge and survive those first few minutes or so, much like the way they did in Game 1. If they are able to do so, as well as avoid the run-and-gun type pace that we saw during parts of Game 1, I don’t see any reason why the Bruins won’t be able to come out and beat the Penguins again tonight. Capturing back-to-back victories in Pittsburgh is certainly no easy task, but I’m going to pick the Bruins to win Game 2 on the road with a late go-ahead goal in the third period.
“It’s going to be a challenge. Like I said, they’re going to be a better team tonight. And we’re going to need to be a better team. So it’s hard to win games in the Playoffs, gets harder as you move forward. So every time you get a chance, you have to make the most of it and don’t waste that opportunity by saying ‘at least we won one out of two’. You have to go out there every game and challenge and want to win that game because nothing guarantees you those home wins, and I think Pittsburgh knows that.” – Claude Julien
Bruins 3, Penguins 2
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