Pittsburgh, PA – Coming into the Eastern Conference finals, starting on the road in Pittsburgh, the Boston Bruins were understandably labeled the heavy underdogs as they got set to take on the NHL’s version of the Miami Heat. After an impressive 3-0 win that saw Boston take a surprising 1-0 series lead, the talk leading up to game two centered on the response of the Penguins, with the expectation being that they’d be much better in looking to even up the series.
Just 28 seconds into game 2, Brad Marchand silenced the Consol Energy Center crowd taking advantage of a Sidney Crosby giveaway at the Boston blue line and beating Tomas Vokoun high to the glove side. It was a defining moment in the game as the Bruins made it clear that game one was certainly not a fluke.
When it was all said and done, the B’s were able to chase Vokoun in the first period after jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead, and then put on the cruise control as they dominated Pittsburgh to the tune of a 6-1 beat down, snagging a 2-0 series lead as they come back to Boston for a two-game set.
Marchand would add a second goal, Nathan Horton scored his 7th goal of the post-season, Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk each scored their 5th goals, and David Krejci continued his torrid playoff pace, rounding out the scoring with his 8th goal of the post-season. Jaromir Jagr also played one of his best games of the playoffs thus far, creating a number of scoring chances and recording two assists much to the disappointment of the Pittsburgh fans.
Tuukka Rask was once again outstanding, making 26 saves on the night, providing Boston with consistently stellar goaltending while the Penguins look to be playing musical-goalies for the second time this post-season.
Game 3 at the TD Garden will be played Wednesday night with an 8:00pm puck drop as the B’s look to put a stranglehold on the series and push the top-seeded Penguins to the brink of elimination.