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Penguins make first trip to Boston since East final

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 1:26 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Penguins make first trip to Boston since East final

BOSTON -- It's been six months since the Eastern Conference Final and the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are more than a quarter into the 2013-14 regular season.

So the Penguins' first visit back to Boston since getting swept with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line, Monday night at TD Garden, isn't dredging up old memories, except for the lessons the Penguins hope to put into practice to avoid a similar fate this season.

"Unfortunately it was pretty short. It was four games, we only played two here. And it wasn't our best," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after his team's morning skate. "I thought our best two games in the series were actually here. I think we've all turned the page. It's something that we'll hopefully learn from. But I think we're all moving on and making sure that we learn from it."

The Bruins and Penguins met earlier this season with Pittsburgh prevailing, 3-2, at home Oct. 30. Last season, all three games between the teams prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs were decided by one goal, and Boston won two one-goal games in the conference finals.

"I think the last 20 games we've played against Boston feel very similarly scripted, very similar types of games," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "The teams play it tight to the vest, they're fight-for-every-inch type of games, and they've been close one-goal games in most of those games. The playoffs was that to the nth degree I think, and the last game was almost a carbon copy of the four we played in the playoffs. I think it's a patient game, it's a patient defending game, but it's also a patient game offensively and we're fully expecting that here in this building tonight."

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:


Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronLoui Eriksson

Carl SoderbergChris KellyReilly Smith

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDougie Hamilton

Torey KrugJohnny Boychuk

Matt Bartkowski - Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Jordan Caron

Injured: Dennis Seidenberg (lower body), Adam McQuaid (lower body)


Chris KunitzSidney CrosbyPascal Dupuis

Jussi JokinenEvgeni MalkinJames Neal

Brian GibbonsBrandon SutterMatt D'Agostini

Zach SillJoe VitaleCraig Adams

Paul MartinKris Letang

Matt NiskanenBrooks Orpik

Olli MaattaRobert Bortuzzo

Marc-Andre Fleury

Jeff Zatkoff

Scratched: Andrew Ebbett, Deryk Engelland

Injured: Beau Bennett (undisclosed), Chuck Kobasew (lower body), Tanner Glass (undisclosed), Rob Scuderi (ankle), Tomas Vokoun (blood clot)

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres