Last night the Conference Finals kicked off for both the East and West Coast. As the Boston Bruins made their way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania they felt calm and excited, ready to take on their hardest opponent yet. As they set foot on the ice at the Consol Energy Center, they had their minds set and were prepared to play. In one of the most grueling games to watch and intense physicality, the Boston Bruins found a way to out-muscle and out-play the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 3-0 shutout victory for game 1.
Their key aspect; they played smart. Over the course of the past few seasons, the Bruins have been known to take stupid penalties once their emotions get the better of them and they start using the brawn instead of their brains. Fortunately, they were able to keep themselves collected and their emotions in check to outsmart the Penguins and pull off a confidence-boosting victory.
If the Bruins plan on taking this series entirely, they are going to have to continue to play smart hockey and find ways for all of the lines to produce, not just the Horton-Krejci-Lucic line. They’re also going to have to watch their turnovers. The Bruins did a well enough job to rattle Pitt and throw them off, playing a role in the reason they missed the net on more than one occasion. However, don’t expect the Penguins to keep up that kind of game, they’re a strong team that knows how to correct their mistakes and come out roaring.
The Penguins may have attempted to poke the bear last night, but as it was clearly noted, Penguins are no match for the Beasts of the East. They look to take a 2-0 series lead Monday night once again at the CEC with a faceoff time of 8:00PM. For the opposition’s point of view, check out Black Tie Required.