Date/Time: June 7th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
Moneyline: Bruins -125
The Boston Bruins were in the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago, and they are just one more win away from getting back there this year. They still have a lot of work to do to close out one of the best teams in hockey though, as we know that the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t just going to shrivel up and die in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Pittsburgh has to be heartbroken for the way that Game 3 ultimately ended. Statistically speaking, they were probably the better of the two teams on this night, and the Penguins fired off 54 shots on goal for the game, 14 more than the Bruins managed. The shift before the game-winning goal, C Sidney Crosby played like his hair was on fire, and he even did it without a helmet on for the mass majority of it. Alas, when you look back at the stat sheet in this series, you see nothing but zeroes all the way across for Crosby, C Evgeni Malkin, and so many of the other stars like RW Jarome Iginla that were picked up right around the trade deadline. Obviously, it is going to take these men scoring goals and getting their names on the stat sheet if the Penguins have any chance of making the epic comeback. The one man that we can’t blame for the loss on Wednesday was G Tomas Vokoun, who stopped 38-of-40 shots, and there was absolutely nothing that could have been done about the shot that ultimately won the game.
The bottom line for the Bruins though, is that they had the better goalie in the game, and all too often in the playoffs, the team with the better net minder is the one that wins. G Tuukka Rask didn’t have the greatest numbers in the world coming into this series, but he now has his GAA down to just 1.85 after holding the Penguins to just two goals in essentially 11 full periods of play over these first three games. Rask was stunning on Wednesday, stoning shot after shot in the overtime periods that came his way, many of which weaker goalies would have left past. He got some help from the pipes at times, but in the end, it was a deserving result for a goalie that is suddenly putting himself in the discussion for the Conn Smythe Award. Still, it seems as though C David Krejci is the man that would be winning that award if the playoffs were to stop right now. He leads all players in the postseason with 21 points, and he has put up at least one goal in all three games of this series.
The Penguins know that their season is on the line, and we think that they are going to play loose and with nothing to lose. The Bruins have already lost three games this postseason in which they had a chance to close out a series, and we think that this could be the fourth when push comes to shove.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Boston Bruins Game 4 Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins
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