Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bruins sweep Pens to make Stanley Cup final

The Bruins gather for a group hug after winning the Eastern Conference final.

Getty Images

The Bruins gather for a group hug after winning the Eastern Conference final.

BOSTON — Adam McQuaid scored early in the third period, Tuukka Rask posted his second shutout of the series and the Bruins swept their way into the Stanley Cup final with a 1-0 win over the Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final Friday.

Related News/Archive

McQuaid scored at 5:01 of the final period on a 45-foot slap shot from the right that deflected off the stick of Pittsburgh's Jarome Iginla and over the glove of goalie Tomas Vokoun.

Boston faces either the Blackhawks or Kings when it goes for its second Stanley Cup in three years. Chicago leads the West final 3-1 and can advance with a win tonight.

The Penguins had not been swept in 45 straight playoff series, the league's second-longest streak all time. The last time they were swept: 1979 by the Bruins.

"We didn't dominate them at all," Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. "Tuukka stood on his head, and we were able to capitalize on chances."

The Bruins held the Penguins, the NHL's highest-scoring team, to two goals in the series. Boston tied three other teams for fewest goals allowed in a series of at least four games in league history. The 2003 Ducks gave up one goal in a sweep of the Wild in the West final.

"Defensively, our team did a great job against their top players," coach Claude Julien said.

Two is the lowest goal total in a playoff series in Pittsburgh franchise history. The Penguins got zero points in the series from offensive stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

"My job is to score goals," Malkin said. "I have zero goals. My mistake."

Said Crosby: "It doesn't sit very well."

'Hawks happy to end Kings' winning streak

LOS ANGELES — The Blackhawks were suitably impressed by the Kings' 15-game home winning streak. They also respected the defending Stanley Cup champions' ability to win eight straight playoff games at Staples Center.

All that admiration just made the Blackhawks even more eager to be the team that ended the Kings' roll. And now they're one win from the Cup final.

Chicago moved to the brink of the Cup final with a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the West final Thursday, handing the Kings their first home loss since March 23.

"To finally break that streak, we're happy about it," said Marian Hossa, who scored the winner. "We talked about it before the game."

Los Angeles hadn't lost a playoff game at home since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final last season, winning nine straight overall. It had the league's longest home postseason winning run since 2009. The Kings face elimination tonight in Chicago; they are 1-7 on the road this postseason.

"We tend to play our best hockey when we are really in trouble," Kings captain Dustin Brown said Friday, smiling.

Around the league: The Senators traded the rights to one-time All-Star defenseman Sergei Gonchar, 39, to the Stars for a conditional sixth-round draft pick this year. Gonchar can be a free agent July 5. He has an offer from Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Russia's KHL, reports said.

Playoffs

East Final

BRUINS 4, PENGUINS 0

Game 1: Bruins 3, Penguins 0

Game 2: Bruins 6, Penguins 1

Game 3: Bruins 2, Penguins 1 2OT

Friday: Bruins 1, Penguins 0

West Final

BLACKHAWKS 3, KINGS 1

Game 1: Blackhawks 2, Kings 1

Game 2: Blackhawks 4, Kings 2

Game 3: Kings 3, Blackhawks 1

Game 4: Blackhawks 3, Kings 2

Tonight: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8

Monday: at Los Angeles, 9, NBCSN*

Wednesday: at Chicago, TBD, NBCSN*

* If necessary

Bruins sweep Pens to make Stanley Cup final 06/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:07am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Where Tampa's national championship ranks among the greatest games ever

    Blogs

    If you needed any more convincing that Tampa's national championship at Raymond James Stadium was one of the best games in college football history, let me direct you to

  2. Red zone: New-look Kwon Alexander eager to prove himself

    Blogs

    On the morning that Bucs veterans report for the start of training camp, linebacker Kwon Alexander spoke with reporters and showed off a new red look to his hair, as well as an eagerness to get on the field and prove himself to doubters.

    Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander sports a new look with red hair as players reported for training camp Thursday.
  3. What you should know about new Rays reliever Dan Jennings

    Blogs

    The Rays have finally brought in a reliever — and this one isn't a DFA'd castoff. White Sox left-hander Dan Jennings Artsy, no?

  4. Sign up for the daily News at Noon email newsletter

    News

    The Tampa Bay Times has launched a daily newsletter called News at Noon. It'll be the perfect way to catch up with the latest breaking news and our top stories right in your inbox each weekday.

  5. Video shows ex-Bucs DT Brian Price going through glass door

    Blogs

    More and more stories are coming forward of former NFL players and the sad, stunning effects of CTE after their football careers, and a new video shows former Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price running …

    Former Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price, shown arriving at One Buc Place for training camp in the 2012 preseason, is shown in a video from a Michigan TV station running through the glass door of an auto parts store.