One of the keys to beating the Pittsburgh Penguins is to knock them off their game. Play a physical, hard-nosed effort, the Pens will lose their composure and express their frustrations. It was what caused a first round exit last season to Philadelphia.
The Bruins employed a similar game plan Saturday night in Pittsburgh, successfully knocking the Penguins off their game. The end result: 28 penalty minutes, a game misconduct and possible suspension for key bottom-six man Matt Cooke, and Evegeni Malkin, the team’s best player tonight, missing the first five minutes of the third period after dropping the gloves with the Bruins Patrice Bergeron at the end of the second period.
“It was an amazing lack of composure by the [Pittsburgh Penguins],” said CSNNE Bruins insider Joe Haggerty. “And I go back to the series with the Flyers last year where they did the same kind of stupid stuff, and lost a series because of it.”
For more of what Haggerty had to say, click the video above.