PITTSBURGH - Enough is enough.
After days of rest and preparation for both teams in the NHL Eastern Conference final, Game 1 is just hours away, and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins couldn’t be happier.
“I’m done (with practice),” Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Saturday morning, drawing laughter.
“I think both teams feel the same way. It has been a good week, but hopefully (it will) make it an even more interesting series by having that break.”
The Penguins have not played since eliminating the Ottawa Senators on May 24. The Bruins disposed of the New York Rangers in the second round one day later.
Despite the presence of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on one side and playoff scoring leader David Krejci on the other, both clubs expect a tight series where every scoring opportunity will be earned through hard work. There’s the realization that any mistakes could be deadly.