While there may be some similarities between the two teams, the Blackhawks said Monday they believe they're a better defensive team than the Penguins and don't plan on allowing the Boston Bruins the same offensive chances as the Penguins gave them during the Eastern Conference finals.
The Bruins outscored the Penguins 12-2, including 6-1 in Game 2, and won the conference finals series in four games.
The Blackhawks allowed the Los Angeles Kings 11 goals in five games during the Western Conference finals and have given up an average of 1.94 goals a game in the playoffs. Only the Bruins (1.88) and Kings (1.89) have had better goals-against averages in the playoffs.
"[We] know it's going to be a great defensive series," Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw said after Monday's practice. "I think that's why Pittsburgh may have not done as well. We're going to compete and play as best defensively as we can and try to shut down their top guys."
Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad expects a similar series to what they experienced against the Kings.
"They're a patient team," Saad said of the Bruins. "That's something we can't get frustrated with. We've played against L.A.; they're another physical team, helped us prepare for this. But it's going to be a battle. … They're a great team, they're great players. We're a different team than Pittsburgh. It's tough. You just got to try to not to get frustrated and play your game."
One of the Blackhawks' challenges will be halting the roll the Bruins have been on since rallying from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime in Game 7 of their first-round series. The Bruins have won nine of their past 10 games.
"When you look at the momentum they got coming out of their last two rounds -- amazing game against Toronto -- they got momentum on their side," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "They play a strong game. They're positionally sound. They play the right way.
"You got to work for what we're going to have to get. I think we got to make sure we play a smart game, an intelligent game, a fast game and a hard game. They got some scoring and got some guys who can make plays and got some defense that can shoot it. We're going to have our work cut out, but we welcome the challenge. But they're a good hockey team."