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The Penguins have expected a physical series and they set the tone physically for the first 35 minutes of the game, but the Bruins would eventually get into the Penguins head, similar to how the Flyers did so effectively last spring. Although the Penguins are a much more physical team than the Vancouver Canucks were in the 2011 Cup Finals, Boston does feel they can attack and get under the Penguins skilled players skin like they did so well against the Canucks in 2011.
The second period scrum that saw Evgeni Malkin pummel Patrice Bergeron, and Sidney Crosby, Zdeno Chara barking at each other, led to the Penguins losing their composure.
“I don’t think the situation at the end of the second period was in our favor,” Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma said. “It did get us off our game,”
The Penguins after the game came off as whiners in some eyes, especially to those in the Boston media.

“Pens are hilarious. They come out and try to set physical tone in Game 1 and then cry about refs allowing things to “escalate?”, CSN Boston’s Joe Haggerty said via twitter. “Easy to see why people lose respect when you see it up close in playoffs,” Haggerty wrote.

Sidney Crosby and Brooks Orpik were among the Penguins last night who were talking about the Bruins “extracurricular activities” and Crosby came off to some as complaining.
“It’s tough,” Sidney Crosby said who was whistled for two minor penalties. “They’re letting a lot go out there. The more and more it gets like that, the more it’s going to escalate.”
“Keep letting guys do that stuff, they’re just going to push the envelope,” he said. “That’s something we obviously want to stay away from but it’s kind of a natural thing when it gets like that.”
The NHL’s leading scorer in the playoffs isn’t Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. It’s Boston’s David Krejci. Krejci the NHL’s leading post-season scorer with 19 points, was the star offensively with 2 goals in Game 1. Krejci now has 45 points in his last 45 playoff games and he’s starting to make a name for himself.
The Bruins top line of Milan Lucic, Krejci and Nathan Horton combined for 3 goals and 3 assists in the win. “I think they had a pretty good start and they had some good chances,” Krejci said of the Penguins. “We were getting into some troubles. We couldn’t get the puck deep, we couldn’t get the forecheck going. After we scored the first goal, it kind of turned around and we started playing in their zone a little more. In the second and third period, we played the way we play.”
Krejci would later have the most interesting quote of the night when talking about Malkin and Crosby:

“I think they {Crosby and Malkin} are the best players in the world. We don’t have guys like that. We have a team. We all play as a team.”

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