Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/05/13 at 12:14 PM ET
Two games into their Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Bruins, the heavily favored Penguins find themselves down two games to none, not a position many analysts envisioned them sitting in. Now, they're heading back to Boston in what amounts to be a must-win Game 3. No team wants to go 3-0 to a franchise with bountiful momentum, and the Penguins certainly don't want to do so on the road.
Prices for Bruins tickets are actually down this week for games 3 and 4 Wednesday and Friday at TD Banknorth Garden. The average seat price for Game 3 is $448, according to TiqIQ. "Get-in" rates are available for $187. All told, prices are down 13 percent for Game 3, TiqIQ reports.
Rates for Game 4 in Boston, while higher than they are for Game 3, are still declining overall--5 percent, to be exact. The average seat costs $531 for that skate, with a get-in rate of $242, according to TiqIQ.
If Pittsburgh is able to fight its way back into the series and force a Game 6 in Boston, tickets to that game will cost $547 on average, with a get-in of $173. Those rates, however, are down heavily from previous figures, 16 percent to be exact, according to TiqIQ.
Make no buts about it though: a Pittsburgh win on the road in Game 3 puts the Pens right back in this series. With as potent of an offense as they have, all they need is the teensiest spark to get themselves going and scoring at will, like they did in rounds one and two. If the Penguins clean up their play in their own end and in the neutral zone, they'll start coming away with cleaner opportunities in the Bruins' end. That's what Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma is thinking; he's already chided his team for its sloppy play, which is grossly affecting its bottomline.
The Pens haven't been bailed out by goaltending, which, come playoff time, can be the biggest difference maker. Tomas Vokoun hasn't been his stellar self in games one and two and looks to have lost his starting position to Marc-Ande Fleury, at least for the time being. It'll be up to Fleury to make sure that the Pens net isn't just a backstop for Bruins goals like it has been in the early part of this series.
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