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Penguins to face Bruins in Eastern Conference final

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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Jarome Iginla sets up in front of Senators goatender Craig Anderson during Game 4 on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Iginla scored two goals against the Senators in the Penguins' 7-3 victory.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:21 p.m.

Jarome Iginla picked the Steel City over the Old Towne in March.

The Eastern Conference final will determine if he chose wisely.

The Penguins and Boston Bruins will battle for a berth in the Stanley Cup Final in a best-of-seven series. Dates and times are to be determined.

The Bruins eliminated the New York Rangers on Saturday, winning that series in five games. The Penguins ousted the Ottawa Senators on Friday, also in five games.

The top-seeded Penguins own home-ice advantage over the fourth-seeded Bruins, against whom they went 3-0-0 in the regular season. Center Evgeni Malkin, tied for the club-lead and second overall in playoff scoring with 16 points, did not play in any of those games for the Penguins.

Iginla played in just one, scoring a goal in the Penguins' 3-2 win at Boston that clinched the No. 1 seed on April 20.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he had a deal in place with Calgary to acquire Iginla in the day before the trade deadline. Iginla, then Calgary's captain, had a contractual clause that allowed him to control his next employer, and he opted for a trade to the Penguins on March 28.

Iginla began Sunday as the NHL's fifth-leading playoff scorer with 12 points.

After losing out on Iginla, Chiarelli traded for winger Jaromir Jagr, who starred for the Penguins from 1990-2001, winning five scoring titles and an MVP.

Jagr returned to the NHL last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, who upset the Penguins in Round 1 of the 2012 playoffs.

The Penguins (2009) and Bruins (2011) are the two last Eastern Conference teams to win the Cup.

The franchises have not played in the postseason since the Penguins won Prince of Wales Conference finals in 1991 and 1992.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

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