8:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ideally the Penguins would have wanted to score a couple of goals in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals but instead they didn't. A team that was scoring four goals a game in the playoffs were blanked by a really good Bruins team and now they are just trying to tie the series before they go to Boston.
The good part of this is that it really wasn't like the Penguins were severely outplayed. They carried play for much of the first period and they hit unlimited posts throughout the night. This isn't the first round against the Islanders or the second round against a below average Ottawa team, this is the conference finals against a Boston Bruins teams that is really good and a lot like the Penguins. The Penguins just got beat by a better team on that night. It doesn't mean they can't win or aren't the better team overall but this is going to be a long series and losses will happen.
Like I said above if the Penguins win they will have the series tied up going to Boston and things will be probably where a lot of people thought the series would be. If Boston comes in and takes both games in CONSOL then it is going to make the series really tough to come back from, but not impossible. Nobody said this was going to be easy.
In game one the Bruins were able get the Penguins off their games. Sidney Crosby was visibly frustrated and Evgeni Malkin was getting into fights. It's not like we haven't seen this happen before and while the Penguins have been thrown off their game they have been able to bounce back. The Bruins will continue to try and do this and if the Penguins take the same approach to game two as they did in game one then the result will probably be the game. Here is to hoping they got their minds right. I think we will see them wipe game one off their memory and come out strong.
Pittsburgh (8-4 in playoffs)
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Jarome Iginla - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Brenden Morrow - Jussi Jokinen - Craig Adams
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Kris Letang - Matt Niskanen
Mark Eaton - Douglas Murray
Boston (9-4 in playoffs) (via Dailyfaceoff)
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley - Chris Kelly - Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski - Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
The Series (Boston leads 1-0)
June 1, 2013 - Boston 3, Pittsburgh 1