Bruins maul Penguins lead East Finals 2-0

It is looking more and more like a Boston Chicago Stanley Cup Final

Brad Marchand scored twice during a four-goal first period and the Boston Bruins routed thePittsburgh Penguins 6-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night.

David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron andJohnny Boychuk also scored for Boston, which hardly broke a sweat while going up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Tuukka Rask kept Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHL’s top offense in check once again, stopping 26 shots.

Game 3 is Wednesday night in Boston.

Brandon Sutter netted Pittsburgh’s lone goal. Tomas Vokoun gave up three first-period goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury.

The move did little to blunt the momentum in what has quickly become a one-sided series. Boston held Pittsburgh’s top-ranked power play scoreless for the second straight game, and the Bruins looked like the team marked as the Stanley Cup favorites, not the star-laden Penguins.

Boston insisted it was fortunate to escape Game 1 with a 3-0 victory, saying a couple of bounces could have changed the course of the game dramatically.

The Penguins are making too many mistakes, and the Bruins are cashing in. This series is not even competitive right now. In the West, Chicago is up 2-0 on LA, and looking as impressive as Boston. Of course, the Kings are defending champs, and are unbeaten on home ice this post season, and series can turn quickly so….

 

Bruins eliminate Rangers, will meet Penguins in East Finals

Bruins 3 Rangers 1

Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, Gregory Campbell scored twice and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Saturday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

The Bruins will face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.

Recent call-up Torey Krug scored his fourth goal of the series for Boston, which reached the third round of the NHL playoffs for the second time since 1992. The other was 2011, when the Bruins won the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Dan Girardi scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for the Rangers, who lost to New Jersey in last year’s East finals.

My pick, Penguins in 7 Should be a classic series

 

Bruins level Rangers, take 2-0 series lead

Boston 5 New York 2 

 

Boston Bruins #40 Tuukka Rask (G)

Boston Bruins #40 Tuukka Rask 

 

Johnny Boychuk broke a tie midway through the second period, and the Boston Bruins scored two goals in the third to beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Sunday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Boychuk put a 40-foot shot from the right inside the near post for his third playoff goal to make it 3-2 at 12:08. Brad Marchand, whose overtime goal won the opener, and Milan Lucicstretched the Bruins’ lead in the final period.

Boston never trailed as rookie Torey Krug scored the first goal before Ryan Callahan tied it.Gregory Campbell made it 2-1, and New York pulled even again on Rick Nash’s goal.

Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series will be played in New York on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist, last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, had his second straight tough game after posting consecutive shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of the first round against the Washington Capitals when the Rangers faced elimination.

Tuukka Rask was solid again for Boston, stopping 35 shots.

 

Maple Leafs, Red Wings survive, Caps take 3-2 series lead

Busy night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight, with one game still going.

In Boston, the Leafs got back in their series with the Bruins with a 2-1 victory

The Toronto Maple Leafs won in Boston again to force their playoff series to a sixth game.

Now they’ll finally need to win a game at home.

Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal, Clarke MacArthur also scored and James Reimerstopped 43 shots to help Toronto beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 5 on Friday night and stay alive in their first-round playoff series.

Game 6 is Sunday in Toronto

In Washington, the caps edged the Rangers in OT

Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Friday night to regain the momentum — and the lead — in their first-round playoff series.

The home team has won every game in the series, with Washington taking the first two and New York pulling even in Games 3 and 4. The Capitals have been fighting history along the way: The franchise has lost eight playoff series in which it has held a two-game lead.

In Detroit, the Red Wings needed OT to survive a late rally by the Ducks

Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal 1:04 into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Friday night to extend their first-round series.

Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the last 3½ minutes of the third period, sending the team to a fourth OT in a series for the first time in franchise history.

Emerson Etem and Bobby Ryan scored 51 seconds apart late in regulation to pull the Ducks into a 3-3 tie.

Also tonight, the Kings are trying to advance against St. Louis. that game is tied 1-1

 

Bruins top Leafs in OT claim 3-1 series lead

Great game, fast paced, lots of scoring chances, lots of good hits

David Krejci scored his third goal of the night at 13:06 of overtime Wednesday, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and a 3-1 lead in their playoff series.

Krejci beat James Reimer with a shot from the faceoff circle after coming down the left wing.

The Bruins are 15-2 when leading a best-of-seven series 3-1. And Toronto is 2-12-1 in its last 15 games in Boston.

The Bruins have not lost a playoff game in Toronto since 1959.

 

Leafs to Bruins 4-2, draw even in series 1-1

I have to admit I am kind of pulling for the Leafs who have not won a Cup since 1967

Joffrey Lupul scored two goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs got a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday to even their first-round series at 1.

The Maple Leafs played aggressively from the start after a weak performance in a 4-1 loss Wednesday in which the Bruins were much more physical.

But that changed early in Game 2 as Toronto delivered 22 hits in the first period to just 10 for Boston.

Nathan Horton gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 1:56 of the second period, but Lupul scored at

 

Oh Yes! Greatest Post Season in sports set to face off!

Ain’t nothin’ like the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they are set!

Not certain about when each series starts, but the match-ups are now all set. Here they are, with my picks

Eastern Conference

#1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #8 New York Islanders

Penguins in 5

#2 Montreal Canadiens vs #7 Ottawa Senators

Canadiens in 6

#3 Washington Capitols vs #6 New York Rangers

Caps in 7

#4 Boston Bruins vs #5 Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs in 6

Western Conference

#1 Chicago Blackhawks vs #8 Minnesota Wild

Chicago in 6

#2 Anaheim Mighty Ducks vs #7 Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings in 6

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs #6 San Jose Sharks

Sharks in 7

#4 St. Louis Blues vs #5 LA Kings

Kings in 5