Date/Time: June 5th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
Moneyline: Bruins -115
With a 2-0 series lead in tote, the Boston Bruins are heading back to the TD Garden on Wednesday night with a chance to move within just one game of the Stanley Cup Finals when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Penguins have been a wreck over the course of the last few days, as they were outscored 9-1 by these Bruins, and now, they have a whole heck of a lot of problems to address. The problems that are going to be easy to fix come offensively. We know that the time will come that C Sidney Crosby, C Evgeni Malkin, and all of the other stars of this series that have yet to log a single point are going to get going eventually, no matter how good the Bruins really are defensively. The problems though, come at the back. The Pens have been atrocious defensively, and though they aren’t allowing a slew of shots like the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers did against Boston, they are allowing a ton of quality chances. In Game 2 alone, the B’s scored six times, three times against G Tomas Vokoun and then three more against G Marc-Andre Fleury. Head Coach Dan Bylsma has to answer the question as to whether he is going to ultimately give it a shot with the man that has been counting on of late, Vokoun, or the man that he was counting on at the start of this postseason, Fleury.
Boston has really made it look easy in these first two games, and it has done so without really breaking a sweat either. This was definitively the better team in the first two games against the Pens, and they came on the road at that. It’s tough to definitively be the better of any two teams that are still playing this time of year, as most games this far into the playoffs really could go either way. C Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and had an assist in Game 2, and though he and his line mates scored three times in that game, the real heroes of this series have been the front liners. RW Nathan Horton Now has a whopping 17 points in this series, including posting three points in Game 1, while C David Krejci has three goals in this series and now has team highs in both goals (8) and assists (12) in the postseason. G Tuukka Rask isn’t getting enough credit, but he and his defense has to be commended, as shutting down Crosby and the crew to the tune of just one goal in two games is a remarkable accomplishment.
The Bruins are playing like the better of these two teams right now, and they have a whole heck of a lot less questions to answer at this point. Perhaps the Crosby line comes to life in this one, but even then, that isn’t necessarily the only thing that needs to go right for the Pens to win. If that line gets shut down again though, Pittsburgh is going to have one foot on its grave and one on a banana peel after Game 3.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Boston Bruins Game 3 Pick: Boston Bruins -115
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