Bruins win 1-0, sweep Penguins in Eastern Conference Finals

Tuukka, Bruins make it look easy in sweeping the Pens

6/7/13 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jun 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) celebrates defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 in game four of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsComing into the Eastern Conference Finals between the Bruins and Penguins, much of the talk centered around the Penguins' incredible offense, anchored by superstars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Four games later, the talk is all about the Bruins and the spectacular goaltending of Tuukka Rask, who held the Penguins to only two goals in 4 games.

The Penguins were the prohibitive favorite coming into the series, and had swept the season series from the Bruins, but Boston's physical play and stifling defense proved to be too much for Pittsburgh when it really mattered.

The good news for Pittsburgh fans is that they can finally drink Sam Adams beer again. Lucky guys! Unfortunately, as Tom Caron of NESN pointed out, they'll have to drink it out of a bottle, because there will be no Cup for them this year.

Remember when Jarome Iginla spurned Boston at the trade deadline, electing instead to be traded to the Penguins? He wanted to have a better chance to win, but it looks like he may have made the wrong choice this time.

Instead, it was former Penguins legend Jaromir Jagr and the Bruins rolling easily over the Penguins in a four game sweep, and outscoring them 12-2.

The true star of the series by far was Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who was absolutely incredible. Bruins fans were concerned when Tim Thomas ditched the team before the season to go hide in the woods of Colorado (or somewhere), but it turns out that he did them a favor. As good as Thomas was in their 2011 run, Rask has been even better since Game 7 against the Maple Leafs.

In this series, Rask allowed only 2 goals while making 134 saves. He shut out the Penguins twice, and had a total save percentage of .985 for the series.

The Bruins now await the winner of the Western Conference Finals, where the Blackhawks lead the Kings three games to one.
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