Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins Game 4: Live Score, Updates, Analysis
The Boston Bruins are headed to the Stanley Cup Final!
They broke out the brooms, sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 by winning Game 4, 1-0.
Tuukka Rask picked up his second shut out of the series, as the Bruins limited the vaunted Penguins' offense to just two goals in the entire series!
With this sweep, the Penguins likely pick up the distinction as the biggest disappointment of the playoffs, as there are more questions than answers.
The Bruins advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they will face the winner of the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Final score: Bruins 1, Penguins 0.
That's it. The game is over.
The improbably has just occurred.
The Boston Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup via a four-game sweep!
Last minute of play, Vokoun on the bench.
Mad scramble in front of the Boston net.
Bruins 1, Penguins 0, 2:00 remaining third period.
Under two minutes remaining here, as the Penguins look to pull Vokoun soon.
Bruins 1, Penguins 0, 4:00 remaining third period.
Can anyone else here the song "Closing Time" going on in their head?
The Penguins truly need a hero to avoid being the new "biggest disappointment" of the postseason.
Bruins 1, Penguins 0, 5:30 remaining, third period.
Bruins fans chanting what sounds like "we want the Cup." A little bit premature, as this is just the Conference Final.
Penguins on an abbreviated power play here, which is now over.
Bruins 1, Penguins 0, 7:36 remaining third period.
Nathan Horton going to the box here for holding.
Bruins almost put themselves up two goals, but Jagr hit the post on the power play.
The Penguins need a kill on this power play and then they need some help.
From someone, anyone.
This truly is "last call" and "closing time" for the Penguins unless they can muster something here.
Bruins 1, Penguns 0, 8:39 remaining third period.
Still a theoretical eternity in this one, but the Penguins have just three shots on goal in this third period.
This game feels very much like the third period of the Kings-Blackhawks Game 4 last night, when the wheels just fell of the Los Angeles Kings.
Kris Letang going to the box here for tripping.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are being flanked up and down the ice in all zones, so it will likely be up to another player to put the Penguins on the board.
Now we find out how "deep" this Pittsburgh squad is.
Bruins 1, Penguins 0, 12:00 remaining, third period.
Time wouldn't normally be of the essence with 12 minutes remaining in a game, but considering the Penguins have just two goals in this entire series, time is off the essence right now.
David Krejci might not have scored that goal, but he was right beside the net, distracting Vokoun on the shot by McQuaid.
Now the game opens up a bit.
Can the Pittsburgh stars finally show up and save their season?
That was a huge goal by McQuaid, but Vokoun had no chance, as there were two or three bodies passing by the net when he attempted to find the shot from the point.
Bruins 1, Penguins 0. 14:59 remaining third period.
Bruins let a shot from the point go and Adam McQuaid scores to make it 1-0!
McQuaid let the bomb go and it hit the top corner of the goal.
Bruins 0, Penguins 0, 17:30 remaining, third period.
Penguins need to do a better job of supporting the puck with their defensemen. The forwards are doing a nice job, starting the third period, by driving the puck down low.
No support up high from the Penguins' defensemen to start, and a scoring chance goes by the boards.
Bruins 0, Penguins 0, 20:00 remaining third period.
Third period is underway.
Said earlier that the Penguins were missing the net too many times.
Above is an example of that.
Interesting that the Penguins had more shots in that period (11) than in the first period (9), but the Bruins still had far less turnovers in that second period.
The Penguins now lead in shots, but they have to do more in the way of offensive-zone time in the third period to get a lead (and ultimately a win) in Game 4.
Bruins 0, Penguins 0, second intermission.
That's the end of the second period here in Boston. Both teams with a handful of chances, but no goals in this one.
Too many shots that are either blocked or missed the net for both teams.
Focus of the third period will likely be getting pucks on goal and making goalies make a save.
Bruins 0, Penguns 0, 1:30 remaining second period.
Big giveaway behind the Penguins' net and the Bruins almost cash in. That is exactly where the Bruins want to get the puck to: the front of the net.
Multiple good chances in front of the goal, but the Penguins get the clear.
Bruins 0, Penguins 0, 3:37 remaining, second period.
It has turned into one of those games. The game where no team wants to make the first mistake.
The Bruins have given the puck away plenty of times (eight officially), but haven't had to pay for it on the scoreboard yet.
The key for the Bruins is to keep using their bodies to get the cycle game going beneath the goal line in the Penguins' end. The Penguins need to keep the puck to themselves and not let the Bruins go to work like they have been able to do thus far.
Crosby leads a three-on-two rush back the other way, but Crosby looked like he passed the puck just too early on that one, forcing Kunitz to take the shot and get it on goal.
Kunitz did neither, as the Penguins waste another scoring chance.
Ideally, Dan Bylsma would like to see his star players hold on to the puck more and feed players when they're open, but he will likely settle for the scoring chance, the way this game is going.
It is really playoff hockey out there, as both teams are fighting for every inch out there.
What's really starting to adjust this game, however, is the fact that Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and other star, puck-moving players on the Penguins' roster are not using their puck-carrying skills to their advantage in this game or this series.
Crosby needs to hold on to the puck, but he is spending too much time in his own zone, trying to contend with the big bodies of Boston players in his own end.
Bruins 0, Penguins 0, 7:00 remaining second period.
More pressure by the Bruins in the Penguins' end, as they get their cycle game going.
Let's see if this ends up in any scoring chances.
Bruins 0, Penguins 0, 9:30 remaining first period.
Well, no goals on the Boston power play, but the Bruins had some nice pressure, keeping the puck in the zone and moving it around well.
This game has taken a turn for "first goal wins."
Huge save by Tomas Vokoun has he stops Tyler Seguin on a two-on-one rush.
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