(BOSTON) — Pure domination. The Boston Bruins swept away the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night with a 1-0 win to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid scored the lone goal of the night with a 45-foot slap shot in the third period to give the Bruins their second trip for a shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup in three years.
Goalie Tukka Rask shut down the NHL’s highest-scoring team the entire series, allowing just two goals in four games.
“I think first and foremost, we’re obviously trying to be solid defensively,” McQuaid said, who scored his second goal of the playoffs. “It obviously feels good. It feels good to be able to contribute that way when you don’t normally.”
The Bruins held Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scoreless in the series and were shut out in the opener and Game 4.
“At the end it felt like not only Tuukka Rask was keeping the puck out of the net, but there was a force around the net,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “There’s no question that the performance he put in in this series was elite.”
The Bruins will await the winner of the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. Chicago leads the series 3-1.
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Jill Martin, CNN