Bear attack: B's pummel Pens, take 2-0 series lead

Bear attack: B's pummel Pens, take 2-0 series lead
June 3, 2013, 10:30 pm
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PITTSBURGH – The Bruins vowed to be even better than they were in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they followed through in a big way.

They out-chanced, out-hustled, out-defended, out-saved, out-shot and outclassed the Penguins in Game 2 at the CONSOL Energy Center, and blew out the Pens in a one-sided 6-1 victory. Brad Marchand scored Boston’s first goal just 28 seconds into the game, and the Black and Gold were off and running against a Pittsburgh team that offered little-to-no defensive resistance over a 60 minute hockey game.

Even more amazingly both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were complete no shows in a must win for the Penguins, with Malkin doing drive by shifts and Crosby falling to the ice in a battle with the smallest guy on the ice in 5-foot-9 Torey Krug.

Boston rifled off four goals in the first period with Marchand proving the first, and Nathan Horton scoring on a hustle rebound in front with Kris Letang and Paul Martin watching the whole play.

David Krejci followed with his eight goal and NHL-leading 20th point of the playoffs, and it appeared a blowout was already in progress. The Penguins seemed to get a little life from a Brandon Sutter sniper shot to Tuukka Rask’s blocker side with less than a minute to go in the third period, but Marchand responded 25 seconds later with his second goal of the game. Marchand’s goal was an equally nasty rocket over the glove hand of Marc-Andre Fleury, who replaced Tomas Vokoun after Boston’s third goal of the first period.

The score remained the same until the third period when Jaromir Jagr fed a nifty backhanded cross-ice pass to Patrice Bergeron for a one-timer that made it official blowout territory. Johnny Boychuk made it 6-1 with a slap shot from just inside the blue line with just over a minute left.

The Bruins take a 2-0 series lead to Boston for Wednesday's Game 3.