The Boston Bruins clearly weren’t going to be satisfied with leaving Pittsburgh tied at a game apiece. A 6-1 route left the Pittsburgh Penguins flabbergasted, and they’ll head to Boston down 0-2 and in desperate need of something to give them hope.
A costly turnover by Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby in the first 30 seconds of Game 2 led to Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand‘s first of two goals in the first period. It was all downhill from there for the Penguins.
The Bruins embarrassed the Penguins by netting four goals in the first, and chasing Tomas Vokoun after they had taken a 3-0 lead. It looked like the Penguins might have a chance to get back in the game when Brandon Sutter cut the lead to 3-1 just before the first intermission, but Marchand stunned the Pens with eight seconds remaining in the period, roofing a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to re-establish the three-goal edge.
The Bruins played about as disciplined a game as a team could play. They frustrated the Penguins early on, forcing them to resort to a more physical style than they’re used to playing. The Pens lost their focus completely. The Bruins looked for the extra pass on multiple occasions, which led to a couple spectacular goals. The Penguins panicked defensively, and couldn’t keep their wits about them.
The Bruins put a dagger in the Penguins side with a quick goal to start the third, which gave them a 5-1 advantage. Penguins were sprawled across the ice as the Bruins calmly moved the puck around before Patrice Bergeron buried the puck in a wide-open net.
The Penguins are going to have to control the pace of games three and four if they hope to get back into it. They appear to be lacking vocal leadership and have defended horribly. The Bruins have been a couple moves ahead of the Penguins every step of the way. The Penguins don’t appear to have anyone on defense that will speak up and take charge. They’ve left Bruins’ players wide open, and have been out of position on numerous occasions.
The Penguins can blame the goaltenders all they want, but that doesn’t have much to do with it. Their playing style is predicated on possessing the puck, but it doesn’t appear they’ll be able to win that battle with the Bruins. They’re going to have to figure something else out if they hope to have a chance at getting back in the series.