What Blackhawks can expect from Bruins
“Obviously, enjoy this tonight,” Bergeron said. “But still tomorrow we have to refocus and get back at it.”
Here’s a look at what the Blackhawks can expect from them in the Stanley Cup Final:
“Disbelief” was the word Penguins coach Dan Bylsma chose to describe the disintegration of his team’s offense in the series.
Some of it was luck, both the Penguins and Bruins coach Claude Julien said, but much was the Bruins’ tight, disciplined style of play and the goaltending of Tuukka Rask. Led by the top defensive duo of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, the Bruins limited the league’s regular-season scoring leaders to two goals in nearly 14 periods of play. The Penguins never led.
The Bruins’ penalty kill was 15-for-15 against one of the league’s best power-play units, a stat Julien credited to preparation and in-series adjustments.
Six players scored for the Bruins in the series, including center David Krejci, who upped his playoff total to 21 points with four goals in the first three games. Brad Marchand, who said he embraced the “irritator” role, scored twice in Game 2 and then assisted the winning goals in the next two games.
“There are four lines that can play. It’s a huge advantage,” Bruins winger Jaromir Jagr said. “You’re not depending on one or two guys and everybody waiting for them to score ... Here everybody can score any time. Coach tries to roll four lines no matter what the situation is.”
Cool-tempered hot goalie
Dubbed “Cool Hand Tuke” by the Boston media, Rask is the king of playing it cool in postgame interviews, and he has been more than composed on the ice too.
With help from Chara, who deflected an Evgeni Malkin shot with his arm by sprawling his 6-foot-9 body in front of the goal, Rask withstood a furious Penguins onslaught in the final minute of Game 4. He caught the final shot by Jarome Iginla in his glove to set off the celebration.
Consider the Bruins a team picking up steam.
Since roaring back from a three-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Maple Leafs in overtime of Game 7 in the conference quarterfinals, the Bruins have won eight of their last nine. They allowed more than two goals just once in the last two series.
“We know there’s still a long ways to go,” Chara said. “But we just gave ourselves a chance.”