2013 NHL Playoffs: Boston Bruins Surge Into Eastern Conference Finals

By Greg Higgins
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The Boston Bruins are headed back to the Eastern Conference Finals thanks to their 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. Boston won the series 4-1 and are on a roll after the crazy comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round. In the win, Gregory Campbell scored twice and Torey Krug scored as well. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in the victory.

Boston moves onto the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three years. Two years ago Boston won the Stanley Cup Championship and they are hoping for a repeat of that this year. However, in order for that to happen, they will have to get by the high powered offense of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh led the league in offense this year and against the Ottawa Senators, they scored 22 goals in five games.

It’ll be interesting to see how Rask handles the Penguins offense. Rask is allowing 2.33 goals a game in the playoffs and has a .925 save percentage. He will be going up against a Pittsburgh offense that has Sydney Crosby, James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, and Pascal Dupuis. This group of players has been punishing opposing goalies all season long and Boston is next in line. Crosby seems to be the player that gets all the attention around the NHL but everyone of these players as the ability to put the puck in the net.

The goalie of the Penguins isn’t too shabby either. Since making the switch from Mark-Andre Fleury to Tomas Vocoun midway through the first round series, Vocous is 6-1 with a 1.85 goals against average. Boston will need to be on top of their game in order to get past the Penguins, but it is Hockey and anything can happen. Guess we’ll have to wait for Game 1 to see.

Greg Higgins is a NHL contributor for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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