BRUINS TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD
If the Penguins had to turn to Marc Andre Fleury in this series, it was going to mean that the Penguins are in trouble and that’s what they’re in.
The Boston Bruins put on a clinic Monday night with a dominant 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals to take a 2-0 series lead as the series heads to Boston for Game 3.
It was an embarrassing display of hockey from the Penguins and things were bad for the Penguins from the drop of the puck.
Brad Marchand (3) scored a breakaway goal off a Sidney Crosby giveaway 28 seconds into the game and the Penguins would never be in the game.
Boston would chase Tomas Vokoun from the net with 3:29 left in the first period after goals from Nathan Horton (7) and David Krejci (8) to take a commanding 3-0 lead. The Penguins looking for any sign of life got back into the game with a beautiful goal from Brandon Sutter with 33 seconds left in the first to cut the Bruins lead to 3-1. It was the first sign of life for the Penguins in the game and it would only last a few moments.
25 seconds later Brad Marchand (4) netted his second goal of the game with a snap shot coming down the left side from 36 ft out to push the Bruins lead to 4-1. It was the first shot Fleury faced and it was game over for the Penguins.
The teams would play a scoreless second period, a period the Bruins again controlled the play and then 27 seconds into the third period Patrice Bergeron (4) scored to make it 5-1 Bruins. Johnny Boychuk (5) added on to the rout scoring his 5th goal of the playoffs at 18:36 of the period.
The Bruins for the second straight game played smothering defense limiting the Penguins to just 13 shots through two periods.
Boston has outscored the Penguins 9-1 in the series and unlike the Penguins, Boston plays like a team.
Game 3 is Wednesday night.