Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Final – Game 2 – Penguins vs. Bruins.

6 to 1. That was the final score of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals and, unfortunately, for Penguins fans, that 6 did not favour Pittsburgh. The initial response when I sat down to write this recap was as follows:

 

“Boston scored. That’s all. 6 times. Oh. And Brandon Sutter got one and we saw Fleury. Chara is tall, Ference is a granola bar and Marchand likes to slewfoot sometimes. Bring on Wednesday.”

 

But I figured that might not fly.

 

Pittsburgh came roaring out in the first period, owning momentum of the hockey game for a good half a minute. Sidney Crosby came within inches of earning the Penguins first of the night but mere seconds later, after mishandling the puck at the Boston blue line, turned it over to Brad Marchand who got the Bruins on the board with just 28 seconds off the clock. Pittsburgh, however, appeared to recover, the game progressing into one of tight checking with very little space to be found. Brooks Orpik was whistled for a an elbow with 7:30 left through the first frame and while the Penguins penalty kill was successful, immediately after it ended it was Nathan Horton earning Boston’s second of the night. While Tomas Vokoun made the initial save on the Boston shot, a mishandled puck found its way to Horton who had to do nothing more than life it up and into the empty net. Next came David Krejci, his first of the night being Boston’s third. The Bruins were able to catch the Penguins off guard and while Pittsburgh scrambled to get back to cover their man, some nice passing on the part of Boston set Krejci up for a nice one-timer that beat Vokoun. With that third goal, Tomas Vokoun passed the game torch on to Marc-Andre Fleury, whom Pens fans hadn’t seen in net for weeks. With thirty-four seconds left in the first, Brandon Sutter appeared to breathe some life into the Penguins, his goal cutting the lead by two with a snap-shot blasted past Tuuka Rask. However, Marchand would quickly suck that life right back out, his second of the night coming barely twenty-five seconds later. After twenty minutes of play, the Penguins found themselves down 4 to 1 to Boston while being outshot 13 to 6.

 

The second period passed without another goal and only one penalty. The call was a trip against Brad Marchand. The Penguins were unable to capitalize and after forty minutes, still found themselves trailing 4 to 1.

 

Much like the first period, the first goal of the third period came less than half a minute into play. Patrice Bergeron’s wrist shot snuck past Fleury and just like that, there was a four goal lead. Pittsburgh did earn a power play opportunity when Milan Lucic was whistled for interference, but they couldn’t capitalize. Halfway through the period, Brenden Morrow was hit behind the net by Jonny Boychuk, his head hitting the crossbar. Morrow was in pain and was slow to go up but did return to the ice before the end of the game. Unfortunately, it was to no avail. Boychuk capped the game off with Boston’s sixth of the night, the final score, as mentioned, 6 to 1, the Penguins now trailing in the series 2 to 0.

 

Kris Letang led all skaters with 23:06 of ice time while Paul Martin followed with 22:52.  Evgeni Malkin had five shots on goal while James Neal had 4. The Penguins sent 27 shots toward Rask while Vokoun and Fleury faced 29 combined.

 

Game 4 goes Wednesday night in Boston. Game time is 8:00pm.