Game Day Thread: Bruins at Penguins

This is the first game in a Boston – Pittsburgh doubleheader; the Steelers are in Foxborough to take on the Patriots for the AFC Championship at Gillette while the Bruins at the Consol Energy PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Wow, it’s almost like it was planned this way!

Anyway, back to hockey. The current Stanley Cup Champion Penguins come into town riding a three-game win streak, residing in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division. The slumping Bruins are also in third place in the Atlantic. When last the two met in Pittsburgh, the Penguins prevailed in OT, 4-3. Let’s hope that this game is similarly close, but just the opposite.

Note to the Bruins: SCORE ALL THE GOALS IN THE FIRST, THE NEXT, AND LAST PERIOD. DON’T LET PITTSBURGH SCORE ANY GOALS! PLAY FOR 60 MINUTES, GUYS!

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Bring your fucking A-game this time, guys.

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Do I have it covered?

Also, I guess this is some sort of Bruins’ Moms Trip?


LINES

BRUINS FORWARDS:
“Rad” Brad Marchand — “Saint” Patrice Bergeron — Frank “The Springfield Rifle” Vatrano
“Dr” Tim Schaller — David “the Matrix” Krejci — David “Pasta” Pastrnak
Ryan “Spoons” Spooner — Riley Nash — David “Bursitis” Backes
Matt Beleskey — Dominic Moore — Austin “no, really, I’m an American” Czarnik

Anton Blidh was assigned to Providence.

BRUINS DEFENSE:
Zdeno “Z” Chara — Brandon Carlo “Calrissian”
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
Joe “Not a Miller” Morrow — John-Michael Liles

BRUINS GOALTENDERS:
Tuukka Rask, Zane “ZanoInsano” McIntyre

INJURIES: Killer, Chiller
SCRATCHES: Hayes
(Bruins lines extrapolated from Bruins practice lines on Saturday)


PENGUINS FORWARDS:
Conor Sheary — Sidney Crosby — Bryan Rust
Jake Guentzel — Evgeni Malkin — Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin — Nick Bonino — Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz — Eric Fehr — Scott Wilson

PENGUINS DEFENSE:
Olli Maatta — Trevor Daley
Ian Cole — Justin Schultz
Cameron Gaunce — Chad Ruhwedel

PENGUINS GOALTENDERS:
Matt Murray (Marc-Andre Fleury)

INJURIES: Cullen, Doumoulin, Letang, Sprong

(Penguins lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff)


And while we’re at it,
Referees: TJ Luxmore (#21) — Dan O’Rourke (#9)
Linesmen: Matt MacPherson (#83) — Jonny Murray (#95)

(Courtesy of Scouting the Refs)

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