PITTSBURGH – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 4-1 score after the first 20 minutes of action in Game 2 at the CONSOL Energy Center.
1) Marchand scores 28 seconds into the game after intercepting a puck from Sidney Crosby at the blueline, and then snipes one high glove side 25 seconds after the Penguins scored in the final minute of the first period. The Bruins have that killer instinct back into their game, and they are fun to watch to when they’re demoralizing a world class hockey team. The Nose Face Killah clearly has the good skating legs tonight.
2) Horrible first period for Kris Letang. Terrible decisions to pinch, and a bad turnover from behind his net to Torey Krug that ended up as a Nathan Horton rebound goal in front. Both Letang and Paul Martin just watched as Horton tipped a puck, collected the rebound and scored to make it 3-0. A minus-2 for Letang and Orpik right now.
3) The Penguins yanked Tomas Vokoun after Boston’s third goal with little defensive resistance on a David Krejci one-timer, and then Marc-Andre Fleury is beaten the Marchand glove-side sniper in a goal that Flower absolutely needs to have. Bruins scored on their final three shots of the first period, and the Pittsburgh goaltending/defense situation is a mess.
4) Nathan Horton with three shots on net, two points and a plus-2 in the first period. He is having a whale of a postseason. There is going to be plenty of interest in him as a free agent after all of this is over.
5) Way too many Penguins players taking themselves out of plays trying to make hits, and not paying the price on the back-check or by doing the dirty work in their own end. Just not a tough hockey club where it counts at this point, but there’s still 40 minutes to go.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 4-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action in Game 2 at the CONSOL Energy Center.
1) Rich Peverley is 7-for-7 in the face-off circle, and the Bruins have won 21-for-36 overall. Just another dominant night on draws for the Black and Gold.
2) More than 30 minutes into the hockey game, the mighty Penguins offense had exactly nine shots on net. An amazing defensive job by the Bruins, who have blocked 13 shots to Pittsburgh’s five blocked shots, and are getting sticks on pucks in the defensive zone. Andrew Ference blocked a shot from his knees in front of the net on Jussi Jokinen during a Boston PK. Haven’t seen anywhere near that kind of intensity from Pittsburgh tonight.
3) A little bit too stagnant for the Bruins in the second period as they seem content to sit back and just hang onto a three-goal lead. A lot of icing the puck and quick, short shifts without much extended play in the offensive zone.
4) Stupid tripping/partial slewfoot for Brad Marchand in the offensive zone with the Bruins already comfortably ahead. No reason for it and that could have revived the Penguins.
5) Matt Cooke and Milan Lucic get involved in a heated argument after Cookie tries to hit Lucic and bounces right off him. Lucic challenges Cooke, and Cooke skates back to the bench with No. 17 waving him off. Perfect description of what Matt Cooke is all about.