B’s Dominate Again, Win Game Two 6-1
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Crosby, Malkin, Iginla? Try Krejci, Marchand and Horton.
The offensive stars of the Eastern Conference Finals have not been wearing Pittsburgh Penguins uniforms. They are wearing Bruins black and gold.
Following a convincing 3-0 win in game 1 of the series Saturday night, the Bruins brought the hammer down even harder on the Penguins Monday night with a 6-1 thumping of the Pens in the Steel City.
The tone was set less than a minute into the game when a Sidney Crosby turnover led to a Brad Marchand breakaway goal just :28 seconds into the game for a 1-0 Boston lead.
Later in the first, rookie defenseman Torey Krug did a magnificent job of getting his stick on an attempted clearing pass by Pittsburgh keeping the puck in the offensive zone. It led to a Nathan Horton (7th goal) goal at 14:37 of the first for a 2-0 Boston advantage.
Just two minutes later, crisp, precision passing that we thought this Penguins team was capable of resulted in another Boston goal as David Krejci (8th goal) beat Tomas Vokoun sending the Pittsburgh netminder to the bench in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury. Boston was on top 3-0.
The Consol Engergy Center came to life for the first time in the series at 19:26 of the first when Brandon Sutter scored Pittsburgh's first goal of the series making it 3-1.
But the Penguins couldn't hold on for the final :34 seconds of the period and take that momentum into the locker room with them. A great play by Jaromir Jagr on the boards resulted in a break where Patrice Bergeron found Marchand for his second of the game for a 4-1 lead at 19:51 of the first.
After a scoreless second period, Bergeron started the third with his 4th goal of the playoffs from Jager and Boychuck for a 5-1 lead.
Boychuck ripped a slapper from the right point by Fleury with 1:23 left for a 6-1 lead.
Tuukka Rask and the Bruins defense did the rest sending the team back to Boston with a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
-Sensational Sidney (Crosby) was held scoreless again for the second straight game. Boston's defense, led by Zdeno Chara has made life miserable for Crosby and his frustration is showing.
-Rask stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced frustrating the Penguins once again.
-There is clearly now a goaltending controversey in Pittsburgh heading into Wednesday night's game 3 in Boston. The feeling is that Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start between the pipes for the Penguins in that game.
-Brad Marchand led all players with a +4 in game two. Bergeron, Boychuck, Ference and Jagr each finished at +3.
-Jagr got booed by Pittsburgh fans every time he touched the puck in games 1 & 2.
-Boston went 0-1 on the power play while Pittsburgh went 0-2.