The Boston Bruins are on the cusp of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals and could complete a humiliating 4-0 series sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wednesday night saw them take a dramatic Game 3 after 35 minutes of overtime play, Patrice Bergeron popping up to score his second OT goal of the play-offs. That loss must have been heartbreaking for the Penguins, who threw the kitchen sink (and 54 shots) at Boston's netminder Tuukka Rask and only managed to beat him once. There's already been speculation about possible repercussions in Pittsburgh as a result of their performances; some guys may be playing for their future here.
Clearly to get to this point the Penguins have failed in plenty of aspects, but the most surprising has to be the no-show of their offence. The list of players without a point so far, headlined by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, makes painful reading for them. Credit is due to Rask for a lot of that: his sparkling efforts in the last few games have banished any remaining doubts about his temperament. The Finn is battling it out with David Krejci to be the Bruins' MVP; the latter is another enjoying a great post-season and has scored in every game of this series. You couldn't go wrong with either Krejci or Nathan Horton to score at 2.80 and 3.00 respectively, as that top line has proved unstoppable so far.
Stick to form and back Boston tonight at 2.35. The Bruins will know not to allow their opponents to get a foot in the door from their own experiences earlier in the play-offs. The Penguins are hurt and playing for pride but that brings no guarantees. I think the disappointment of Game 3 might be too much for them to recover from.
Best bet: Boston Bruins to win at 2.35