Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins
Tip-off: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
The Pittsburgh Penguins and their captain Sidney Crosby haven been unstoppable The team led the NHL in scoring in the regular season. They averaged 4.27 goals per game in the first two rounds of the playoffs. In addition, the Penguins poured in 13 goals in the last two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
According to the NHL live betting lines, Pittsburgh has just one goal in two losses on their home ice to the Boston Bruins. To play there again this season, they must win either tonight or Friday and avoid what no one thought possibles some days ago — being swept in the best-of-seven conference finals.
Boston won the opener 3-0 but led just 1-0 after two periods. The second game was more powerful when the Bruins rolled to a 4-1 lead after one period and remained aggressive in finishing off their 6-1 rout. Pittsburgh’s effort waned as the game went on.
If bettors add that the Bruins’ high level of play which includes disciplined on defense, organized on offense and the pre-series chatter about the Penguins being favorites by many line movers seems like so much nonsense.
However, it remains to be seen if the Bruins will have an easy ride to the Stanley Cup finals.
Pittsburgh has a day off to think about their striggles and work at eliminating them which could help bring bak their offense to life.
Winning the first two NHL games doesn’t hurt but it also doesn’t always lead to a good finish.
YouWager experts consider that both teams have overcome 2-0 deficits and gone on to win Stanley Cups.
Four years ago, Pittsburgh dropped two games versus the Detroit Red Wings by a combined score of 6-2 then took four out of five to clinch their first championship since 1992.
In 2011, Boston lost two games of the opening round at home versus the Montreal Canadiens, then won the next two on the road and captured the series on an overtime goal in Game 7.
In the finals, the Bruins got off to the same poor start, losing two versus the Vancouver Canucks, but then won their first title since 1972 with a 4-0 road victory in Game 7.