Following their dazzling display against Ottawa, Pittsburgh Penguins sank into near irrelevance in the opening day of their series against Boston. The visitors were clearly the better team away from home and prevailed by three goals to none while outshooting the Penguins.
Match: Pittsburgh vs Boston
Odds: Unibet 1.90
Time is quickly running out for Pittsburgh, and if the team is to have any chance of winning the Stanley Cup, it will need to level the score tonight. Crosby was disappointing but Malkin played even worse, which explains how the Bruins could take the initiative from the second period onwards. The Penguins played aggressively for only 10 min. and despite sending more shots towards Rask’s net, they were the ones to concede an early goal.
David Krejci and Nathan Horton were absolutely brilliant in game one, with David scoring twice and Nathan once, but assisting Krejci on both his goals. The host can’t focus on neutralizing these two players, because despite their performance in game one, they are not the best in Bruins’ rotation. If the Penguins are to level the score and travel to Boston tied 1-1, they need to think big and this involves a better performance up front. The hosts avoided physical confrontations and assumed that they could just rely on their fast and skilled forwards, as they did against Ottawa.
Boston is Stanley Cup material, but despite their recent setback, the Penguins are more than a match for the traveling Bruins. They defeated him three times in regulation season and they are favorites to do it again in game two, with Unibet crediting them with the first chance and odds of 1.90 for a regulation time victory.