It was just 4½ months ago that the Bruins skated off the ice on the night of June 7, after a highly unexpected sweep of the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. They were going to the Stanley Cup Final. Pittsburgh was going home.
Now the Bruins are back in Pittsburgh to face the Penguins for the first time since that final 1-0 victory in the series.
“You should be pretty motivated, especially in our situation, but you try to treat it like another game,” said Penguins star Sidney Crosby. “But there should be a little extra intensity because of the fact that we did play them in the playoffs.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Amalie Benjamin can be reached at abenjamin@ globe.com.