After being rescheduled from Friday night due to the manhunt that was taking place in Boston, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins will take the ice this afternoon. The Penguins are riding a five-game winning streak after defeating the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. The Bruins are looking to tie the Canadiens for first place in the Northeast division with a victory after falling to the Buffalo Sabres via a shootout Wednesday. Game on.
When and where: TD Garden (Boston, MA); 12:30 pm/et (Root Sports, NHL Network, NESN+)
Season records: Penguins (33-10-0, 66 pts.); Bruins (26-11-5, 57 pts.)
Season series: Penguins lead 2-0
Last meeting: This is the Penguins’ first and only trip to Boston this regular season, with the previous two meetings being in Pittsburgh. The most recent matchup between the two teams was back on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. That afternoon, the Penguins scored twice in the first period, and didn’t look back, defeating the Bruins, 2-1. Sidney Crosby and Joe Vitale registered the two goals for Pittsburgh, and Tyler Seguin recorded the lone goal for Boston. Tomas Vokoun got his seventh victory of the season, stopping thirty-one Bruins shots.
Keys to the game:
1. Environment: Without a doubt, the TD Garden will be rocking with the news of the capture of “suspect number 2,” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This game, in conjunction with the Boston Red Sox, will be a way for citizens of Boston to begin a return to normalcy. Look for Rene Rancourt’s singing of the National Anthem to outdo that from Wednesday night.
2. Jarome Iginla & Brenden Morrow vs. Jaromir Jagr: Getting back to a hockey sense, this game will also be looked at as Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow going against Jaromir Jagr. Why? Because, the Bruins were in on attempts to acquire Morrow from the Dallas Stars before Pittsburgh scooped in and made their own deal for the veteran. The Bruins also thought they had acquired the services of Iginla from the Calgary Flames, however, Iginla made the choice to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Penguins, thus, spurning the Bruins. And, of course, we all know Jagr’s history with Pittsburgh, both with and against the Penguins.
Penguins: C Sidney Crosby (jaw), D Paul Martin (hand), LW James Neal (concussion), C Evgeni Malkin (upper body; still day-to-day)
Bruins: C Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome)
-Chris Kunitz enters today’s game one point shy of 400 for his career.
-The Penguins will be wearing these patches on the sweaters during the game this afternoon.
-Both the Penguins and Bruins will be auctioning off their jerseys from today’s game to benefit The One Fund Boston.
Penguins (via last game vs. Montreal)
14 Chris Kunitz (A)-36 Jussi Jokinen-12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow-9 Pascal Dupuis-19 Beau Bennett
24 Matt Cooke-16 Brandon Sutter-48 Tyler Kennedy
15 Tanner Glass-46 Joe Vitale-27 Craig Adams
44 Brooks Orpik (A)-58 Kris Letang
3 Douglas Murray-2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres-4 Mark Eaton
92 Tomas Vokoun (11-4-0, .912 Save %, 2.57 GAA)
Bruins (via bruins.nhl.com)
63 Brad Marchand-37 Patrice Bergeron (A)-19 Tyler Seguin
20 Daniel Paille-46 David Krejci-18 Nathan Horton
34 Carl Soderberg-23 Chris Kelly (A)-68 Jaromir Jagr
11 Gregory Campbell-49 Rich Peverley-22 Shawn Thornton
33 Zdeno Chara (C)-55 Johnny Boychuk
6 Wade Redden-44 Dennis Seidenberg
27 Dougie Hamilton-54 Adam McQuaid
40 Tuukka Rask (17-8-4, .929 Save %, 1.99 GAA)