Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/5/13
8 a.m. ET: The Bruins are two games away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final, and they have yet to touch the TD Garden ice in the Eastern Conference finals. They’ll get their chance to do that Wednesday night in an attempt to take an absolute stranglehold in their series with the Penguins. After winning Games 1 and 2 in convincing fashion, the Bruins are heading home to take on the East’s No. 1 seed in front of what’s sure to be a fired-up Garden crowd. The Bruins won the series’ first two games by a combined score of 9-1 and they’re coming off of a 6-1 dump-trucking in Game 2. Things got so ugly in Game 2 that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was forced to lift starting goalie Tomas Vokoun in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pittsburgh boss wasn’t willing to say who would be between the pipes for Game 3, but he did say Tuesday that he had already made his decision. Fleury was benched during the first round against the Islanders, but for the first time this postseason, Vokoun has shown signs of weakness as well. Meanwhile, the Bruins are clicking on all cylinders right now. All four lines are contributing, the defense corps is healthy and contributing and goalie Tuukka Rask is in a zone right now. Despite how well everything is going right now, though, the B’s are still expecting the Penguins to be better going forward. Pittsburgh certainly has more talent than they’ve shown thus far, and that’s going to come through at some point. If it doesn’t show itself in Game 3, however, this series may be just about over — if it’s not already. Puck drop from TD Garden in Game 3 is slated for just after 8 p.m.
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