Monday, December 18, 2017
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Bruins shut down Penguins

PITTSBURGH — The Bruins, led by David Krejci and goalie Tuukka Rask, turned the tables on the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final on Saturday night.

Krejci scored twice and Rask made 29 saves as the Bruins ground out a 3-0 victory, shutting out the most potent offense in the playoffs with a strong defensive effort.

"We wanted to get off to a good start and get the first win," Krejci, the playoff points leader with 19, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "So we got that."

Pittsburgh, which averaged 4.27 goals through its first 12 playoff games, was shut out for the first time in 96 games. It was last blanked by Toronto on Feb. 1, 2012. "They had a lot of chances," Rask said after his first career playoff shutout. "We were just able to keep them off the scoreboard."

Boston, which led 1-0 after one, came more alive in the second period, aided by a five-minute major to Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke, who was called for boarding Adam McQuaid behind the Boston net 92 seconds in. McQuaid left the game briefly but returned later in the period and played the rest of the game.

Cooke also was assessed a game misconduct. The penalties shot up the temperature of a game that had been played at a low boil.

With 30 seconds left in the period, Boston's Brad Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for boarding James Neal in front of the Pittsburgh bench. At the period's end, a nasty scrum around Rask — started by team captains Zdeno Chara of Boston and Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh — moved toward center ice and ended with centers Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh and Patrice Bergeron of Boston fighting.

Crosby said inconsistent officiating helped contribute to emotions boiling over: "They're letting a lot go out there, and the more it gets like that, the more it's going to escalate. You can only control and channel that stuff so much."

Hossa leads 'Hawks

CHICAGO — Marian Hossa winked when the TV camera focused on him during the national anthem, a signal to his friends watching the game back home in Slovakia. Then he gave them something to cheer about.

Hossa tipped in the tiebreaking goal in the second period, helping the Blackhawks beat the Kings 2-1 in the West final opener.

The Blackhawks generated just enough offense to improve to 7-1 at home in the playoffs. They also have won four in a row heading into Game 2 today.

"It's always great when you win the first game, especially back-to-back, give you a little momentum," Hossa said.

L.A. has won just one of seven road games in the playoffs.

"We've got to forget about this one right now, for sure," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. "There's some stuff that's going to be addressed, what we have to do better in preparation."

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First Period1, Boston, Krejci 6 (Horton, Ference), 8:23. PenaltiesKrejci, Bos (tripping), 3:54; Crosby, Pit (interference), 9:22; Bergeron, Bos (hooking), 12:24; Orpik, Pit (interference), 16:57.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesKelly, Bos (roughing), 1:32; Cooke, Pit, served by Kennedy, major-game misconduct (check from behind), 1:32; Horton, Bos (slashing), 11:04; Marchand, Bos (boarding), 19:30; Peverley, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:55; Kunitz, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:55; Bergeron, Bos, major (fighting), 20:00; Malkin, Pit, major (fighting), 20:00.

Third Period2, Boston, Krejci 7 (Horton), 4:04. 3, Boston, Horton 6 (Lucic, Campbell), 7:51. PenaltiesCrosby, Pit (slashing), 18:10. Shots on GoalBoston 7-10-13—30. Pittsburgh 12-10-7—29. PP opportunitiesBoston 0 of 4; Pittsburgh 0 of 4. GoaliesBoston, Rask 9-4-0 (29 shots-29 saves). Pittsburgh, Vokoun 6-2-0 (30-27).

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First Period1, LA, Williams 5, 14:23. PenaltiesClifford, LA (closing hand on puck), 8:21; Shaw, Chi (interference), 8:37; Penner, LA (roughing), 11:49.

Second Period2, Chicago, Sharp 8 (Oduya, Handzus), 12:29. 3, Chicago, Hossa 6 (Keith, Bickell), 16:22. PenaltiesPenner, LA (elbowing), 12:47.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesLeddy, Chi (tripping), 7:19; Carter, LA (tripping), 18:19. Shots on GoalLA 2-12-8—22. Chicago 17-14-5—36. PP opportunitiesLA 0 of 2; Chicago 0 of 4. GoaliesLA, Quick 8-6-0 (36 shots-34 saves). Chicago, Crawford 9-4-0 (22-21).

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