PITTSBURGH — Brad Marchand scored twice during a four-goal first period, and the Boston Bruins routed the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 on Monday to open a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 3 is set for Wednesday in Boston.
David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk also scored for the Bruins, who hardly broke a sweat while winning the first two games of the series by a combined score of 9-1. Goalie Tuukka Rask kept Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHL’s top offense in check once again, stopping 26 shots.
Brandon Sutter scored the lone goal for the Penguins.
Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun gave up three first-period goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury, but the move did little to blunt the momentum in what quickly has become a one-
The Bruins insisted they were fortunate to escape Game 1 with a 3-0 victory, saying a couple of bounces could have changed the course of the game dramatically. The Penguins, meanwhile, blamed their choppy play — including a rare fight by Evgeni Malkin — on an eight-day layoff and stressed there was no need to panic.
It might be time for the Penguins to start worrying now. The last 16 teams to go ahead 2-0 in the conference finals have advanced to the Stanley Cup finals. The Penguins managed to escape a 2-0 hole against the Bruins on the way to their first championship in 1991.