The Boston Bruins bench celebrate a third period empty net goal against the New York Rangers during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins will face the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Bruins advanced Saturday when they beat the New York Rangers, 3-1, at TD Garden in Boston. The Penguins were waiting to see which team they would face next after eliminating the Ottawa Senators Friday night with a 6-2 win in Game 5.
The schedule for the best-of-seven Penguins-Bruins series has not been released -- and probably will not be until the Western Conference final matchup is set -- but the Penguins are assured of holding the first two games at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins were seeded No. 1 in the East, the Bruins No. 4.
The teams have met in the playoffs four times, with each winning two series, but not since 1992 when the Penguins swept the Bruins in the conference final on their way to their second Stanley Cup championship in a row.
The Penguins swept the three games they played against the Bruins in the regular season, but all were low-scoring, one-goal games.
The teams have been prolific in these playoffs. Boston center David Krejci leads all players with 17 points, followed by four Penguins -- center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang with 16 points each, Sidney Crosby with 15 and Jarome Iginla with 12. Iginla is tied with Boston's Nathan Horton.
Iginla is likely to be a story line in the series. Near the trade deadline in late March, Boston thought it had a deal in place to acquire the long-time Calgary star winger. But Iginla had a no-trade clause in his contract and the Penguins benefited from that, as they were able to instead swing a deal to land him.
Two Bruins are likely to garner attention in Pittsburgh.
Rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski is from Mt. Lebanon and has formed a strong pairing with fellow rookie Torey Krug in the playoffs.
Winger and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr began the season with Dallas but was acquired by Boston at the trade deadline. Jagr spent his first 11 seasons with the Penguins. Before the 2011-2012 season, he spurned an offer to sign with the Penguins and played for Philadelphia, which ousted the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.