Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/1/13
8 a.m. ET: Finally. After a week of rest for both teams, the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins meet in the Eastern Conference final in what’s expected to be a very entertaining series. You’d be hard-pressed to find many people who think the B’s and Pens aren’t the best teams in the Eastern Conference, so it’s only fitting that they meet with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line. There is no shortage of storylines entering this series. Legacies are on the line on both sides. Jarome Iginla, who shunned Boston for Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, now has to go through the Bruins to get to the Cup Final. Bruins defenseman  Matt Bartkowski, who was a part of the proposed Iginla trade, is a Pittsburgh native. Boston forward Jaromir Jagr is returning to Pittsburgh where he molded the foundation for a Hall of Fame career while becoming one of the best players in franchise history. Matt Cooke is likely to play a part at some point in the series, three years removed from ending Marc Savard’s career. When it comes to the lineups, there are things to keep an eye on as well. Claude Julien and the Bruins will have decisions to make when it comes to defensemen. Torey Krug was sensational in the second round against New York as he, Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton replaced the injured Andrew Ference, Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg. The latter three are starting to get healthy — Seidenberg replaced Hamilton in the lineup for Game 5 against New York — leaving the B’s with some likely tough choices. On the Pittsburgh side, it certainly looks like this is Tomas Vokoun’s team. The veteran goaltender took over for Marc-Andre Fleury in the first round and hasn’t looked back since. However, the B’s are one big offensive explosion away from perhaps forcing a goalie controversy on Pittsburgh. There is intrigue abound, and the best part is that a trip to the Cup Final rides on it all. The Bruins and Penguins will play Game 1 on Saturday night at 8 p.m. Be sure to join us then and check in for updates throughout the day.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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