Date/Time: June 3rd, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
Moneyline: Penguins -190
The Boston Bruins have already done their job and have stolen Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals to flip home ice advantage. Now, they can take a dominating 2-0 lead and get within two steps of the Stanley Cup Finals when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night in the Steel City.
The Bruins were the dominating of these two teams in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The goals that they scored weren’t always all that pretty, but goals are goals here in the second season, and no one is going to question that fact. The truth of the matter is that Boston blew a number of big opportunities on the power play, as all of its goals came at even strength. However, the man of the hour was C David Krejci, who continues to put forth a remarkable effort here in the playoffs. Krejci scored both the opening goal of this series and the second goal of this series two full periods of play apart, and he is well on his way to being the Conn Smythe Trophy winner if the Bruins can win seven more games this season. RW Nathan Horton scored a goal and had two assists as well, putting his hand in all on three Boston goals. G Tuukka Rask and the defense though, were the most impressive. They took a team that was averaging over four goals per game in the playoffs and held it down without a single goal.
The Penguins visibly look like a frustrated team at the moment, and they have to be glad that they have a day to regroup after getting taken behind the woodshed in Game 1. What didn’t go wrong in that opening game? Pittsburgh was killed in the faceoff circle 32-16, and it ended up taking a number of dumb penalties as well. It’s not all that often that you see C Evgeni Malkin getting into a fight, and it certainly isn’t all that often that you see C Sidney Crosby take any penalties, let alone taking two in the same game, the second of which was clearly out of frustration. The better question though, might be about the psyche of G Tomas Vokoun. He gave up three goals on 30 shots, and two of the goals were marshmallow soft. G Marc-Andre Fleury is still waiting in the wings, and he might be called upon if Vokoun has another bad game.
The Bruins were definitively the better of these two teams in Game 1, and we think that there is a reasonable chance that they could win Game 2 as well. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Pittsburgh win this game, but -190? That’s tremendously excessive in our eyes on the NHL odds.
Boston Bruins @ Pittsburgh Penguins Game 2 Pick: Boston Bruins +170
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