The Pittsburgh Penguins were looking to pulverize the Boston Bruins Saturday to take a one game lead in the National Hockey League Eastern Conference Finals. However, it was the Bruins that bloodied and bruised the Penguins to take a one game lead.
The Penguins are the favorite as they were the first seed coming into the NHL Playoffs. Along with two superstars in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins looked like they were going to cruise into the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. However, that wasn’t the case Saturday as the Bruins shutout the Penguins 3-0 to take game one.
Whatever momentum and energy that the Penguins got from the home crowd early in the game went away as 8:23 into the first period Bruins center David Krejci scored the lone goal of the period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
The second period was no better for the Penguins. According to ESPN, only 1:32 into the period Penguins winger Matt Cooke took a five minute boarding major after hitting Bruin defenseman Adam Mcquaid, which he was ejected for. According to WBZ in Boston, Cooke is already hated and that isn’t going to change now anytime soon.
The only saving grace for the Penguins from this situation is the fact that Bruins center Chris Kelly came to his teammates defense. The reason being it got Kelly two minute roughing penalty that reduced the Bruins power play time to three minutes.
As for scoring there wasn’t any, which should have given the Penguins some momentum after they killed of Cooke’s major, but that wasn’t the case as the Bruins defense was on top of its game tonight.
Krejci 4:04 into the third period sealed the game for the Bruins as he scored his second goal on the night, which happened to be his 19th point of the playoffs. Then almost four minutes later winger Nathan Horton made it a sure fire victory as he scored.
The Penguins hit six posts in the game and seemed off on their shots. One of the problems for the Penguins may have been the long break. The Penguins had eight days off in between games and that seemed to have affected them greatly.
The Bruins look to repeat their bloodied and bruise performance of the Penguins on Tuesday when the two play again.