Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/31/13 at 05:31 PM ET
by Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
Black and gold versus black and gold, or at least black versus shades that can be interpreted as gold and/or yellow.
Playing the top-seeded Pens should be a major wakeup call for the Bruins, who had their way with the Rangers in the conference semi-finals and never seemed to be truly challenged. There will be none of that when they play the Penguins. If they flinch for just a second when facing off with Pittsburgh’s gauntlet of star talent, they’ll find themselves goals behind.
The Bruins established a torrid pace in their series win against New York; end-to-end rushes by a newly mobile defensive core and slick passing and movement by their forwards in the neutral zone. Both allowed them to seamlessly enter the offensive zone with momentum and the goals flowed after that.
Who’s looking for a jumpstart on Boston? It still is Tyler Seguin, who, though he scored last series in an important way, needs to become a regular part of Boston’s offense this series if the franchise is to move onto the Stanley Cup Finals. Seguin can’t afford to disappear this series. Pittsburgh has too much talent and Boston desperately needs his goal scoring abilities.
About that talent--wow. There sure is a lot of it. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have been the juggernauts we expect, but Pittsburgh is also gloating about the play of late season acquisition Jarome Iginla, who the team pried away from the Bruins at the last moment. 12 points this playoffs is not a stat many envisioned Iginla putting up. But he has and his team is now scoring at will on opponents, even teams who we thought were well-built in their own zone.
Part of the reason the Penguins are scoring at will is the champion-caliber play of their defensive, in particular Paul Martin and Kris Letang on the offensive side of the ice. Those two D-men have combined for 25 points so far.
Look for the Bruins to get physical with the entire Penguins squad. The goal is to get the stars off their game and make them work for every inch on the ice. Pittsburgh will look to stop Boston’s soaring momentum. That means clogging up the neutral zone and making sure that the Bruins can’t go tape-to-tape on every pass.
Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Boston is tomorrow night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Here’s how the average ticket prices break down, with “get in” rates available on the right. All information provided by TiqIQ.
Game 1 @ Pit: $644/$126
Game 2 @ Pit: $495/$123
Game 3 @ Bos: $464/$201
Game 4 @ Bos: $522/$228
Game 5 @ Pit: $643/$239
Game 6 @ Bos $793/$297
Game 7 @ Pit: $696/$243
Overall, according to TiqIQ, the average price for a ticket this series is $608. In Boston, it’s $593, while in Pittsburgh, it’s higher at $619.
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