Battered Bruins search for way to slow Penguins in Game 6


To clinch the first Stanley Cup finals berth in their 24-year history, all the Pittsburgh Penguins have to do tonight is lure the plodding Boston Bruins into another wide-open hockey game.

All the speedy Penguins have to do is continue to score goals on the power play, as they did in three of eight power plays on Thursday at Boston Garden, where Pittsburgh took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Wales Conference finals.

All they have to do is keep the pressure on Bruins goalie Andy Moog and shut down high-scoring Bruins Cam Neely, Ray

Bourque and Dave Christian.

Those things may be easier said that done, but the Penguins are a pretty confident club going into Game 6 at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. And the Bruins, losers of three straight games, are struggling.

"The way we're playing, we're very confident we can win this series," Penguins center Mario Lemieux said.

Some of the Bruins agreed.

"Right now, that's a team playing great hockey," defenseman Garry Galley said.

"Our biggest obstacles will be our own minds and emotions," Bruins coach Mike Milbury said.

The Bruins may have some intangibles to overcome, but the Penguins also will offer quite a challenge.

Led by Kevin Stevens, who has 13 goals and 13 assists in 17 playoff games; Mark Recchi, who has a club-record 27 playoff points and a 13-game scoring streak; and Lemieux, who has 10 goals, 19 assists and a 12-game scoring streak, the Penguins have outscored the Bruins, 15-4, in the last three games.

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