(Sports Network) - The top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins will try to rebound from
a poor showing in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals when they host
the Boston Bruins in Monday's Game 2 at CONSOL Energy Center.
The fourth-seeded Bruins posted a 3-0 victory in Game 1 on Saturday to take
the early lead in this best-of-seven set. David Krejci scored a pair of goals
and Tuukka Rask stopped all 29 shots he faced for his first career playoff
Boston now will try to take a 2-0 edge before the series shifts to TD Garden
for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
Nathan Horton added a goal and the primary assist on Krejci's two markers for
the Bruins, who produced the franchise's first postseason whitewash on the
road since a 4-0 result in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Vancouver in
"This certainly wasn't easy, because they still had a lot of chances; we were
just able to keep them off the scoreboard," Rask said.
Tomas Vokoun suffered the loss despite making 27 saves for the Penguins, who
rolled into the semifinal round thanks to a five-game decision over the Ottawa
Pittsburgh, which hadn't been held scoreless in any contest since February of
2012, will try to even the score tonight on home ice, where the Pens are 5-2
in this year's playoffs.
After outshooting Boston by a 12-7 margin in the first period only to see the
Bruins take a 1-0 lead into the intermission, the visitors assumed a 2-0 edge
just after four minutes elapsed in the third period.
Krejci managed to squeeze off a shot from the right side that deflected into
the air off Vokoun's glove, and he outmuscled a Pens defender to poke in his
own rebound from atop the crease once the disc settled onto the ice.
"That's just how I play. I don't know. I can't explain it," Krejci said.
Krejci is leading all players with 19 points (7G, 12A) in this postseason and
his seven goals ties him for second in the league along with Pittsburgh's
Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis.
Boston made it a three-goal spread at 7:51 of the second period, when Horton
snapped home a Gregory Campbell rebound from a sharp angle on the left wing.
Vokoun made the initial pad stop but the puck sped directly to the goal scorer
for the easy put back.
Vokoun, who took over for an ineffective Marc-Andre Fleury in the midst of
Pittsburgh's first-round series against the New York Islanders, fell to 6-2
this postseason. His goals against average also jumped from 1.85 to 1.98.
"It's just one game," Vokoun said. "It's a best-of-seven series. We're going
Crosby was held without a point for just third time in 11 playoff games this
spring, but he was able to draw some positives from Game 1.
"We played with a lot of speed and generated a lot. I think we're pretty
confident if we play that same way the pucks will go in for us," Crosby
admitted. "We hit the post and had some pretty good chances. We had some
bounces and unfortunately they didn't go our way."
Boston's victory snapped an eight-game playoff losing skid to Pittsburgh,
which dated back to a 4-1 loss in Game 3 of the Wales Conference finals on May
5, 1991. The Penguins won four straight in that series to erase an 0-2 deficit
and then swept the Bruins in four straight in 1992, the clubs' last postseason
The Bruins' win also put the brakes on a five-game skid in the Steel City
during the playoffs, dating back to an 8-3 win on April 13, 1980.
Boston is 4-2 on the road in these playoffs.
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