Tonight the Boston Bruins continued to silence their critics as they trampled all over the Pittsburgh Penguins, dominating them offensively and defensively with a final 6-1 victory.
It took all of 28 seconds for the Bruins to make a statement tonight, as Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr teamed up to capitalize off of a Sidney Crosby turnover. One that would send one team into a goal scoring frenzy and the other into a state of confusion and frustration. Tonight there were no penalties or bad calls to blame for the Penguins lack of performance. The reality; the Bruins played simple hockey and kept their emotions in check. As the Penguins struggled to find their mo-jo, the Bruins picked up the pace and used the wide open space and lack of pressure to waltz in on Tomas Vokoun and score their second goal of the game. Thanks to a penalty on Brooks Orpik, Nathan Horton was able to beat Vokoun for the Bruins second goal of the game, the assist going to nightmare Torey Krug. Just two minutes later, the Bruins once again using their backpressure were able to transition an Evgeni Malkin shot on net and turn it into a cycling play for the Krejci line. With a beautiful drop pass from Lucic to Horton who slapped it across to Krejci, the Bruins found their third goal of the game and last against Vokoun as he was replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury.
With Fleury between the pipes, the Penguins seemed to gain a little confidence, scoring just three minutes later as Brenden Morrow helped to get the puck over to Sutter for the Pens first goal of the series. While the goal gave a glimpse of hope for the Penguins, they gloated a little too long as Brad Marchand reminded them, it wasn’t over yet. 25 seconds after they got on the board, he was able to get the puck and beat Marc-Andre Fleury for the fourth goal of the game and a 3-goal lead heading into the second period.
Through the first twenty minutes the Bruins dominated the shot clock with 13 shots to the Penguins 5, however, that would change as the second period began. The Penguins applied a lot more pressure to the Bruins, but their game plan remained the same. They were trying to be pesky and get under the Bruins skin. Unfortunately, the Bruins have finally realized what simple and smart hockey is, leading to a stagnant second frame.
In much of the same fashion as the first period, the Bruins showed they weren’t giving up until the final buzzer as Patrice Bergeron waltzed through the defensive zone and put the Bruins up 5-1 just 27 seconds in. As the clock winded down, the Bruins showed no mercy with Johnny Boychuk blasting a rocket from just inside the blue line that hit off of the far post and deflected in for a 6-1 lead. A lead that would carry them through the rest of the game.
Now the Bruins head back to Boston in hopes of taking a 3-0 series lead and potentially a series sweep. The last time the Bruins held a 2-0 series lead was in May of 1991, where the Penguins then went on to win the final four games and advance…when Jagr was on the opposing black and yellow side. Now, let’s hope his luck if you will, carries over to the right side of the black and yellow and brings them good fortune for Wednesday.