The NHL just recently announced that the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins will start this Saturday, Jun. 1, at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This will be the two teams’ first post-season matchup since the Penguins won their last Stanley Cup in 1992.
When you look back at the regular season, the Penguins won each of the three games they played against the Bruins. Not only does this past regular season dictate the Penguins will dominate the Bruins, but history itself is a good indicator as to how this series could possibly play out between the two clubs. The Penguins swept the Bruins in both series each year that they won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.
The Bruins do have a number of players that could stop the Penguins in their tracks such as Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron; however, Pittsburgh’s talent heavily outweighs Boston’s and Chara can only defend one player at a time. He can either be matched up with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
As far as the outcome of this series, let’s hope that the Penguins repeat history in this year’s playoffs.