|51||BOSTON||+120||Ov 5.5,+110||+105||Ov 5.5,+120|
|52||PITTSBURGH||-140||Un 5.5,-130||-125||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-0-0||+4||4-0||+4||1-1||4.0||33.0||1.2||23.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+1.8||4-1||+1.8||2-1||3.6||28.2||1.8||27.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||10||30||10||10||10||0||1||308||9.7%||33||5||15.2%||50|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||16||4||6||6||0||1||132||12.1%||15||2||13.3%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||7||6||5||0||0||141||12.8%||14||3||21.4%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||17||5||7||5||0||1||282||6.0%||31||7||22.6%||29|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||5||1||3||1||0||0||95||5.3%||12||2||16.7%||9|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||1||4||4||0||0||139||6.5%||16||5||31.2%||16|
|BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)||1||1||16||14||87.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|BRENT JOHNSON (Road Games)||1||1||16||14||87.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||9||9||265||251||94.7%||0||6-3||+0.2||6-3-0||0||1-5|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||3||3||79||76||96.2%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||0-1|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||116||94.3%||0||3-1||+0.8||3-1-0||+1||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-2-0||+1.2||5-2||+1.2||3-4||3.1||32.1||1.9||26.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-3.2||2-3||-3.2||2-3||2.2||34.2||2.6||25.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||12||38||12||10||15||1||3||392||9.7%||43||8||18.6%||65|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||22||8||4||9||1||2||225||9.8%||25||4||16.0%||37|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||4||3||3||1||1||171||6.4%||22||2||9.1%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||29||7||10||12||0||1||306||9.5%||35||8||22.9%||50|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||13||2||5||6||0||0||182||7.1%||14||1||7.1%||24|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||4||2||7||0||1||129||10.1%||13||3||23.1%||22|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||10||10||250||232||92.8%||1||8-2||+4.9||8-2-0||+5||3-7|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)||6||6||157||148||94.3%||1||5-1||+3.4||5-1-0||+3||2-4|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||95||92.2%||0||2-2||-1.1||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (All Games)||2||2||55||45||81.8%||0||0-2||-3.8||0-2-0||-4||2-0|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Home Games)||1||1||25||21||84.0%||0||0-1||-2.2||0-1-0||-2||1-0|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Last 4 Games)||2||2||55||45||81.8%||0||0-2||-3.8||0-2-0||-4||2-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 3.09, PITTSBURGH 2.68|
|10/3/2013||TAMPA BAY||3-1||W||0, -200||W||5.5 ov||U|
|10/5/2013||DETROIT||4-1||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/10/2013||COLORADO||0-2||L||0, -190||L||5.5 un||U|
|10/12/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|10/14/2013||DETROIT||2-3||L||0, -160||L||5 un||P|
|10/17/2013||at FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||P|
|10/19/2013||at TAMPA BAY||5-0||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||P|
|10/23/2013||at BUFFALO||5-2||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|10/24/2013||SAN JOSE||2-1||W||0, -105||W||5 ov||U|
|10/26/2013||NEW JERSEY||3-4||L||0, -225||L||5 un||O|
|10/30/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|11/2/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|10/3/2013||NEW JERSEY||3-0||W||0, -170||W||5.5 ev||U|
|10/5/2013||BUFFALO||4-1||W||0, -250||W||6 un||U|
|10/8/2013||CAROLINA||5-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 ov||O|
|10/11/2013||at FLORIDA||3-6||L||0, -160||L||5.5 ov||O|
|10/12/2013||at TAMPA BAY||5-4||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ov||O|
|10/15/2013||EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -255||W||6 ov||U|
|10/17/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||4-1||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/19/2013||VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/21/2013||COLORADO||0-1||L||0, -165||L||5.5 ev||U|
|10/25/2013||NY ISLANDERS||3-4||L||0, -215||L||6 ev||O|
|10/26/2013||at TORONTO||1-4||L||0, -145||L||5.5 ov||U|
|10/28/2013||at CAROLINA||3-1||W||0, -190||W||5.5 ov||U|
|11/2/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|11/6/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|11/9/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins were less than two minutes away from forcing a seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals. Now they must wait nearly seven months until the next postseason.
With the core of their team returning, the Bruins should reach the playoffs for the seventh straight season. And they took steps to secure their long-term future by signing center Patrice Bergeron and goalie Tuukka Rask to eight-year contracts and general manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year extension.
Last season, the Bruins came close to their second championship in three years. They led Chicago 2-1 in Game 6 then allowed two goals in the last 76 seconds and the Blackhawks won 3-2 to take the Cup.
The Bruins open the season Oct. 3 at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
|PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't panic when the bitter disappointment of last spring's sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins wore off.
If anything, the Penguins went the other way. While other NHL powers underwent substantial roster overhauls, Pittsburgh did what it could to keep the core of one of the league's most consistent winners in tack.
The Penguins awarded coach Dan Bylsma with a contract extension shortly after getting swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals. Pittsburgh also reached agreements with former league MVP Evgeni Malkin and Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby says the Penguins don't need to change their approach to be a threat to win their second Stanley Cup in five years.
Pittsburgh opens the season Oct. 3 against New Jersey.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BOSTON-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Kobasew out at least 3 weeks)
*Bruins-Penguins Preview* =========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Boston (7-3-0) at Pittsburgh (8-4-0), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Since the start of 2012, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won every regular-season game they've played against the Boston Bruins.
That surely doesn't bother the Bruins considering they won every game in the Eastern Conference finals.
Boston's visit to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night is the rivals' first matchup since that stunning sweep which saw Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask dominate what had been the NHL's top offense.
The Penguins (8-4-0) have won the last six regular-season meetings, including three in 2013 en route to the conference's best record. Having home-ice advantage in the East finals didn't matter because the Bruins dominated the first two games in Pittsburgh, winning by a 9-1 margin, and returned to Boston to see Rask make 53 saves in a double-overtime win before posting a shutout in Game 4.
"He was the difference in the series, there is no question," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after the sweep.
Bylsma's club averaged a league-best 3.38 goals last season but totaled two in the conference finals against Rask, who currently tops the East with a 1.56 goals-against average. Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury is next at 1.79, back as the starter after being benched in the playoffs.
Fleury is 7-2-0 with a 1.78 GAA in his last nine starts versus Boston (7-3-0). He's 5-1 at home this season, surrendering nine goals, but Rask has yielded three goals in three road games and Boston is the East's only team yet to lose one (4-0-0).
Among the many Penguins that Rask held without a point in the playoff series was Jarome Iginla, who left Pittsburgh this offseason to sign with Boston. The former MVP had spurned the Bruins' advances leading up to last season's trade deadline, instead leaving Calgary to join the Penguins.
"Boston and Pitt were the two out of 30 teams that I was down to," Iginla told the Bruins' official website after making his decision in July. "I definitely have respect for both of them and I'm thrilled to be a part of the Boston organization."
Iginla has gotten hot with seven of his eight points this season coming in the last four games, including his first two goals in the last two.
He had three points in the Bruins' latest game, but they had a four-game win streak snapped with a 4-3 loss to New Jersey on Saturday.
All of the Devils' goals came on the power play. Boston had allowed just three power-play goals through its first nine games.
"Sometimes circumstances certainly make it tough and we can look at who we should blame or whether we could have been better there's no doubt, but at the end of the day we have to turn the page and move on here," coach Claude Julien said.
The Penguins are 1 for 18 on the power play in their last four games. They have outshot opponents by a 143-90 margin in that span but were riding a three-game losing streak - their longest since 2011-12 - before winning 3-1 at Carolina on Monday.
"We had some lapses for periods (during the skid) and that hurt us and ended up costing us the game," said Sidney Crosby, who had two assists. "When you do good things, you don't want to spoil it with some errors that were mental errors, and we bounced back here tonight and got a big win."
Crosby's team, though, lost winger Chuck Kobasew to a lower-body injury that will keep him out for at least three weeks. Defenseman Rob Scuderi is out with a broken ankle suffered Saturday at Toronto.
Boston's David Krejci is riding a seven-game point streak, including two goals and five assists in the last four. He had four goals in the East finals.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 1:18:55 PM EST|