Got news for you: this is a rivalry. You see the definition right there. You can always blur the lines around what the word “rivalry” means like you can do with “elite,” “dynasty,” or “bisexual.” The Pens have the tried-and-true rivalries with Philadelphia, Washington, and the Rangers, but at this moment, the Bruins are the gatekeepers, and the Pens have to get past them.
NBCSN went balls-out throwing the rivalry storyline at everyone, with Pierre McGuire steering the ship. In his little opening thing, he said the Pens preached getting tougher and more physical. These were the main points the Pens have identified from last year’s playoff loss. Well, the Penguins were tougher and more physical against the Bruins, and it paid off.
They also scored more goals (3) than they did against Tuukka Rask in four games of the ECF (2).
No bullshit, though: these two teams are close. Wouldn't be surprised to see every matchup this season be a one-goal game. Fleury outdueled Rask. It was probably Fleury's best game of the season. And Malkin looks like he is waking up. Boston fans probably aren't thinking about this game much today since their $550-million payroll won the World Series Wednesday night. But, oh, well.