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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Boston (Game 1)

Saturday, 06.01.2013 / 9:00 AM / Penguins Report
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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Boston (Game 1)



BRUINS ROUND UP


Claude Julien



Patrice Bergeron




--Sam Kasan & James Santelli



PENS-BRUINS ROUND TABLE
One of my favorite Pens/hockey blog, Faceoff-Factor, produces a round table discussion among writers that cover the team for each playoff series. I was forunate enough to be asked to participate. There's a lot of good stuff in here. Thanks to Jesse Marshall for putting it all together and all the other participants for their great insight.

Click here for the round table.


(Getty Images)

--Sam Kasan



BRUINS PICS
The B's are in Pittsburgh and we captured their morning skate...


Former Pen Jagr led the stretch


Sam had the best tweet yesterday: "BREAKING NEWS: Chara is tall"


There he is! Jagr with the greybeard


Another one of No. 68


Lined up on the CONSOL Energy Center ice


Everyone is talking about this man going into the series (Torey Krug)


Patrice Bergeron is going to have a heck of an assignment with either center he matches up with


Tyler Seguin may have just one goal in these playoffs, but he had 3 in 3 games against Pittsburgh in the regular season


Tuukka Rask does not appear to be scared of bears like Ilya Bryzgalov was, as his helmet is covered with a scary-looking bruin


Adam McQuaid has been playing with Krug


Brad Marchand may end up being public enemy No. 1 here in Pittsburgh during this series. Plays agitator role very well


Another one of the big man

--Michelle Crechiolo and Drew Hancherick



SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE ROOM

Dan Bylsma



Sidney Crosby



Tomas Vokoun



Kris Letang



Brenden Morrow



--Sam Kasan



THEY SAID IT...









--Sam Kasan and Wes Crosby



PENS PICS


Dupuis grows the best beard on the team


Kunitz plays catch on his knees


Off-center artistic photo


Cookie monster


Goalie glove love


Not sure what Orpik is looking at, but whatever it is, it's about to be destroyed


Captain


Locks


Iggy, Iggy, Iggy


Everyone vs. goalie


Neal and Letang discuss hair products


Crosby eyes up his target


The look on Glass's face is priceless

--Sam Kasan & Drew Hancherick



CRANKSHAFT
Enough said...



--Sam Kasan



PRACTICE DEETS
The Pens get a gold star for perfect attendance at the morning skate. No apparent changes in the lineup judging by the rushes.

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Iginla-Malkin-Neal
Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy
Morrow-Jokinen-Adams

Martin-Orpik
Eaton-Letang
Murray-Niskanen
Engelland-Bortuzzo/Despres

Power play:
First unit - Letang, Malkin, Crosby, Neal, Kunitz
Second unit - Martin, Niskanen, Iginla, Morrow, Jokinen

--Sam Kasan



START ME UP
Finally, the wait is over (sort of). After months of preparation, the Eastern Conference Final will start tonight when the Pens host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 at CONSOL Energy Center at 8 p.m. Pittsburgh will skate at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Bruins at 11:30 a.m. Stick right here for the latest news to get you ready for Game 1. Stay tuned...

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I usually play one of my favorite bands since high school, the Dropkick Murphy's, to open any game day blog in which the Pens play the Bruins. So I'm going to stick with tradition to kick off this Eastern Conference Final series and play their rendition of "Amazing Grace." But since Dropkick is a Boston-area band and hardcore Bruins fans, I don't want to steal them for the Pens (I'm sure they would agree). So this will be their only appearance this series. Still love the band, but this is the playoffs. Because it's the Cup.

Enjoy.



--Sam Kasan

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