Boston’s Tuukka Rask stopped 134 of 136 shots in the series and recorded two shutouts. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
By Brian Cazeneuve
BOSTON — Repeat it all so you know it’s true: The Bruins swept the Penguins. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin played the whole series without recording a single point. Pittsburgh never had a lead in any of the games. Implausible as it is, Boston completed an astounding sweep, holding an offensive juggernaut to two goals in almost 14 periods of hockey, capped by a 1-0 win in Game 4.
“Great, great, great, can I say that again?” said Bruins forward Milan Lucic after the game. “It feels great.”
In a series where every inch of space was a struggle and star players were reduced to mush, it was Adam McQuaid, a little-known defenseman, who scored the only goal of the deciding game. Meanwhile, goalie Tuukka Rask turned in another great performance, making 26 saves, including several that came in the frenetic closing seconds as the Penguins fought desperately to tie the score.
In the closing moments, Crosby and Malkin both slid pucks through the crease, but Rask made two stops without his stick. “It’s a scramble,” said Rask after the game. “You can’t see anything and people are laying everywhere. You don’t have a stick. You’re kind of just trying to throw yourself as big as you can and try to stop the puck.”
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Some notes from the game: