Bruins sweep Penguins, claim Prince of Wales for second time in three years

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Bruins 1, Penguins 0

Tuukka Rask holds strong again as Bruins finish off Penguins in four, head to Cup finals for second time in three years.

For the second time in three seasons, the Boston Bruins are headed to the Stanley Cup finals.

The Bruins completed a sweep of the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night with a scrappy 1-0 win on home ice in Boston, sending them back to the Cup finals just two years removed from their 2011 championship run.

Adam McQuaid scored the game’s only goal on a slapshot from the point at the 14:59 mark in the third period. McQuaid, who only scored one goal during the regular season, recorded his second goal of the playoffs when he caught a Brad Marchand pass while streaking into the zone and fired a laser past Tomas Vokoun glove side. Take a look below:

Tuukka Rask stopped all 26 Pittsburgh shots sent his way, giving him his second shutout of the series. He finished the series stopping 158 of 160 shots, giving him a .987 save percentage and a .56 goals against average.

After making quick work of the heavily favored Penguins, the Bruins now await either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Los Angeles Kings for the final round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. Chicago currently holds a 3-1 series lead and if they finish off the Kings  tomorrow, Game 1 of the Finals will be on Wednesday night in Chicago. If Los Angeles wins tomorrow, Game 1 will be on Saturday in either Chicago (if the Blackhawks win) or Boston (if the Kings win).

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