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Bruins sweep Pens to make Stanley Cup final

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

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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.

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]
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