Gameday #30: v. Boston Bruins

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS v. Boston Bruins

Consol Energy Center, 12:30 PM, NBC

The Bruins are back in Pittsburgh. Since their stunning come from behind victory on Tuesday the Pens have not lost. Unfortunately, neither have the Bruins. As with Tuesday, the winner of this game will have sole possession of first in the conference, at least until the Canadiens play again.

Yesterday was the Pens’ most complete effort of the season, rock solid defense, awesome goaltending, and a lot of controlled offensive zone time. Marc Andre Fleury made history by becoming the Penguins’ all-time franchise leader in shutouts. He played great, Mark Eaton continued to challenge whether the Penguins do need another shutdown defender (hint they do), Dustin Jeffrey and Tyler Kennedy both showcased the skills they can occasionally exhibit.

Pascal Dupuis has become an expert source for sound bites after the game, this is what he had to say about MAF’s shutout record:

He doesn’t need shutouts and records for us to know that he’s our go-to guy; the guy we trust to win games.

Duper is just so smart. What a good teammate.

Yesterday the Bruins beat the lowly Capitals 4-1. Qdoba played yesterday which certainly seems to suggest that the B’s want Rask in the cage today. Which is important I guess… Nathan Horton earned a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, and that’s about all we know.

We expect the Pens to run with the same skaters, including defense, but whether they’ll play MAF back to back is uncertain. In a lot of ways it would make sense to play MAF again, the Pens play Washington on Tuesday, and you have to believe that Vokoun would be jumping to play against them. And after the Caps game the Pens actually get two days off before playing Friday against the Islanders.

Keep the flame. Go Pens.

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