BOSTON (AP) — The Penguins are improving at putting more shots on net. They just need to put more into the net.
And they're running out of time.
The Penguins must keep firing pucks at Rask, forward Pascal Dupuis said Thursday, and "with the firepower that we have on our team, eventually they will go in."
If "eventually" doesn't come Friday night, their season will be over in stunning fashion. The team of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and other top offensive threats will have been swept in the best-of-seven series.
It would be a shocking end to a season in which the Penguins led the NHL in scoring, and averaged 4.27 goals per game in their first two playoff series, but have been outscored 11-2 in the three losses to the Bruins.
Only three teams have overcome 3-0 playoff deficits. The Penguins know the odds are stacked heavily against them but are trying to ignore that.
"I think if you're betting right now, you're not betting on the Penguins down 3-0," said forward Brandon Sutter, who has one of their two goals. "But we're not going to quit. The percentages are, obviously, against us, but we've got a good team."
The top-seeded Penguins were dominated by the fourth-seeded Bruins in the first two games, losing 3-0 and 6-1. But in Game 3, they outplayed Boston for much of regulation.
"We need to be the team who we believe we are and go back to what's made us successful," forward Matt Cooke said. "Obviously, the result wasn't there, but the effort and determination and style of play was more like who we are."