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First period notes: Bruins 4, Penguins 1

Brad Marchand [1] scored 28 seconds into Game 2 and scored with 8.3 seconds left in the period as the Bruins outclassed the Penguins [2], 4-1, in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Marchand, Nathan Horton [3] and David Krejci [4], chasing Tomas Vokoun from the Penguins [2] net with 3:29 left in the first. Marc-Andre Fleury [5] entered. After Brandon Sutter scored Pittsburgh’s first goal of the series with 33.8 seconds left in the first, Marchand scored 25 seconds later on the first shot on Fleury.

MILESTONES REACHED:
‘€¢ Patrice Bergeron [6] assisted on Brad Marchand [1]‘€™s second goal of the night for his 50th career NHL [7] playoff point.

WHO’€™S HOT:
‘€¢ Brad Marchand has two goals tonight, giving him 4-5=9 totals in six of his last eight games … It is his third multiple-point game of this post-season and the eighth of his playoff career.
‘€¢ Nathan Horton [3] has a goal and an assist tonight, extending his point streak to four games with 3-5=8 totals and giving him 4-7=11 totals in seven of his last eight games … It is his fifth multiple-point game of this post-season and the tenth of his playoff career.
‘€¢ David Krejci [4] has a goal tonight, giving him 3-6=9 totals in six of his last eight games and extending his league-leading 8-12=20 totals in 11 of his 14 post-season games.
‘€¢ Patrice Bergeron [6] has an assist tonight, giving him 2-5=7 totals in four of his last eight games.
‘€¢ Torey Krug has an assist tonight, giving him 4-2=6 totals in five of his seven games played.
‘€¢ Pittsburgh’€™s Matt Cooke [8] has an assist tonight, giving him four assists in four of his last five games.

FUN FACTS:
‘€¢ Tuukka Rask [9] had his shutout streak snapped at 128 minutes, 47 seconds when Brandon Sutter scored at 19:26 of the first period tonight … His previous goal allowed was by NY Rangers’€™ Dan Girardi at 10:39 of the first period on May 25 in game 5 of the CSF.
‘€¢ There have now been 11 goals scored in the first two minutes of a period in a Boston game this post-season (Toronto 5, Boston 4, NY Rangers 2).

LEADING / TRAILING / TIED AFTER FIRST:
‘€¢ The Bruins lead the Penguins by a 4-1 score following the first period tonight.
‘€¢ The Bruins are 3-0 this post-season when leading after the first period … They finished the regular season with a 13-2-2 record
when ahead after the first period.
‘€¢ The Penguins are 2-1 this post-season when trailing after the first period … They finished the regular season with a 5-5-0 mark
when behind after the first period.

FIRST GOAL OF GAME:
‘€¢ The Bruins scored the first goal of the game tonight when Brad Marchand scored at 28 seconds of the first period … The club record for fastest goal from the start of a game or period is ten seconds, which they have done twice … The fastest goal allowed by the Penguins from the start of a game was 14 seconds.
‘€¢ The Bruins entered tonight’€™s game with a 5-2 record this post-season when scoring the first goal of the game … They finished the regular season with a 19-4-3 mark when netting the first goal of the game.
‘€¢ The Penguins entered tonight’€™s game with a 3-2 mark this post-season when allowing the first goal of the game … They finished the regular season with a 25-6-0 record when yielding the first goal of the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
‘€¢ The Bruins are 0 for 1 on the power play following the first period tonight and they are now 7 for 37 on the power play in this post-season (18.9 percent) … They finished the regular season ranked 25th in the NHL [10] at 18 for 122 on the power play (14.8 percent) and they allowed two shorthanded goals.
‘€¢ The Penguins have not yet had a power play opportunity tonight and they are 13 for 50 on the power play in this post-season (26 percent) … They finished the regular season ranked 2nd in the NHL [7] at 42 for 170 on the power play (24.7 percent) and they allowed three shorthanded goals.
‘€¢ The Bruins have not yet had to kill a penalty tonight and they are 34 for 41 on the penalty kill this post-season (82.9 percent) … They finished the regular season ranked 4th in the NHL [10] at 142 for 163 overall on the penalty kill (87.1 percent) and they scored five short- handed goals.
‘€¢ The Penguins are 1 for 1 on the penalty kill following the first period tonight and they are now 40 for 44 on the pen- alty kill this post-season (90.9 percent) … They finished the regular season ranked 25th in the NHL at 133 for 167 on the penalty kill (79.6 percent) and they scored two shorthanded goals.