Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Bruins rout Penguins 6-1 in Game 2

PITTSBURGH — The Bruins keep talking about fortunate bounces and a dash of luck, insisting the margin between them and the Penguins is thin.

At the moment, it looks like a chasm.

Brad Marchand scored twice during a four-goal first period and Boston routed Pittsburgh 6-1 Monday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"It doesn't matter what the series is at right now," Marchand said. "If they get the next one, they're right back in it. The next one is the one that's most important."

It's a phrase the top-seed Penguins repeated Saturday after losing Game 1. But the inspired play they needed Monday never materialized.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held scoreless for the second straight contest to send the NHL's highest-scoring team slouching to Boston for Wednesday's Game 3.

"Tonight was terrible, there's no other way to describe it," Crosby said. "A loss is a loss. It's frustrating. You don't like giving one like that. We really didn't do a lot of things to give ourselves a chance to win. This one we have to forget pretty quickly."

David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk also scored for Boston while Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots. The Bruins scored three times in 17 minutes to chase Tomas Vokoun.

"We've gotten away from our game," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "We've gotten off our game plan."

The past 16 teams to lead 2-0 in conference finals have advanced. The Penguins escaped a 2-0 hole against the Bruins in 1991 on their way to the franchise's first championship.

Kings savoring home

LOS ANGELES — The Kings have been in all types of jams the past two postseasons. Just a few weeks ago against the Blues, they even escaped the same 0-2 deficit they now face in the West final against the Blackhawks.

"We've been here, what, three weeks ago?" Kings forward Justin Williams said of his team's first-round series against St. Louis. "Obviously it's not do-or-die (in Game 3), but it is."

The defending Stanley Cup champions, after back-to-back losses in Chicago, hope to stay perfect at Staples Center in tonight's crucial Game 3. The Kings have won 14 straight at home since March, and seven straight home playoff games dating to last season's Cup clincher.

"You look back at the St. Louis series, (and) they were up 2-0 coming to L.A.," Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. "We've got to continue to focus on the game (tonight). They're a great team, L.A."

Also, the Blackhawks and goaltender Antti Raanta agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Raanta, 24, helped lead Assat Pori to the league title in Finland.

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First Period1, Boston, Marchand 3, :28. 2, Boston, Horton 7 (Krug), 14:37. 3, Boston, Krejci 8 (Horton, Lucic), 16:31. 4, Pittsburgh, Sutter 2 (Cooke, Martin), 19:26. 5, Boston, Marchand 4 (Bergeron, Jagr), 19:51. PenaltiesOrpik, Pit (elbowing), 12:30.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesMarchand, Bos (tripping), 11:54.

Third Period6, Boston, Bergeron 4 (Jagr, Boychuk), :27. 7, Boston, Boychuk 5 (Thornton, Campbell), 18:36. PenaltiesLucic, Bos (interference), 7:33; Lucic, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:04; Engelland, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:04. Shots on GoalBoston 13-5-11—29. Pittsburgh 6-7-14—27. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 1; Pittsburgh 0 of 2. GoaliesBoston, Rask 10-4-0 (27 shots-26 saves). Pittsburgh, Vokoun 6-3-0 (12-9), Fleury (16:31 first, 17-14). A18,619 (18,387). T2:25. Referees—Dan O'Halloran, Wes McCauley. LinesmenJonny Murray, Jean Morin.

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