STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (11-4, 1.85 GAA, .940 Save %) vs. Vokoun (6-4, 2.11 GAA, .931 Save %). Rask is 18-10 with a 2.20 GAA and .927 Save % with one shutout in 28 career postseason games. Vokoun is 9-12 with a 2.30 GAA and .927 Save % with two shutouts in 21 career postseason games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight’s Fan Banner Captains are William and Patricia Campbell of Medford, MA, whose daughter Krystle passed away at the Boston Marathon events. Below is a recap of the Fan Banner Captains thus far this postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
PIT, Game 3: Richard Donohue (Transit Police Officer who was in a firefight with the bombing suspects from the marathon)
BRUINS WEEK AHEAD: The Boston Bruins Week Ahead for 6/8 – 6/14 will be released on Saturday, June 8.
BRUINS VS PENGUINS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Penguins are squaring off in in the postseason for the fifth time with each team winning two of the previous four series. Through 22 postseason games against Pittsburgh, Boston holds a 12-10 record. The Bruins hold a slight 73-69 scoring edge over the Penguins lifetime in the playoffs coming into tonight.
STREAKING: David Krejci, who leads the NHL in postseason points (21) and goals (9), comes into tonight riding a three-game goal/point streak, notching four goals during that span. Krejci’s linemate, Milan Lucic, is riding a streak of his own, registering three assists in his last three games.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79. Jagr is currently the NHL’s active leader in playoff goals (78), assists (118, 11th all-time) and points (196, tied for fifth all-time).
BRUINS DEFENSEMEN PRODUCING: The Bruins D-men have accounted for 34 of their 135 points (25.2%) this postseason, including 14 of their 49 goals (28.6%). Johnny Boychuk leads the Bruins blueliner contingent with five goals (2nd among NHL D-men), while Zdeno Chara leads the defensemen in points with 11 (3rd among NHL D-men).
PENGUINS NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh enters tonight’s game down 0-3 in a series for just the fifth time in franchise history…The Penguins have gone 5-1 in their last six playoff games following an overtime loss… Kris Letang (3-13=16) and Evgeni Malkin (4-12=16) lead Pittsburgh in scoring coming into Game 4...Pittsburgh is 10-for-10 on the penalty kill through the first three games of this series and is 15-for-15 on the PK over their last four games dating back to Game 5 against Ottawa... Last game, Craig Adams logged over half of his ice time (7:09 of 14:12) while the Penguins were shorthanded… Letang skated in a team-high 40:50 minutes in Game 3, which is the first time in his career he surpassed the 40-mintute mark. His eight shots were also a career high.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 7-for-42 (16.7%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 42-for-49 (85.7%, 6th NHL)… Penguins power play: 13-for-58 (22.4%, 3rd NHL), Penguins penalty kill: 45-for-49 (91.8%, 3rd NHL).
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