Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins: NHL Playoff Preview and Prediction

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins: NHL Playoff Preview and Prediction
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There were two complete teams in the Eastern Conference this season.

They will be meeting for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the best offensive team in the Eastern Conference by a wide margin. For the most part, they also play solid defense. The only exception came against the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs, when the Penguins gave the upstart challengers plenty of room to operate their offense and a butter-soft goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury to shoot at.

That changed when head coach Dan Bylsma pulled Fleury and inserted Tomas Vokoun in net. The Penguins returned to dominance at that point.

The Boston Bruins were as strong as any team in the league during the first two months of the season—with the possible exception of the Chicago Blackhawks—but they could not sustain that play in March and April.

However, the Bruins have size, strength, power and explosiveness. They also play exceptional defense and have one of the most underrated goaltenders in the league in Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins are underdogs, but they come into this series with full confidence after beating two Original Six rivals in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

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