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Postgame notes: Bruins 6, Penguins 1 06.03.13 at 11:05 pm ET
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Brad Marchand scores the first goal of the game as the Bruins cruised to a 6-1 victory. (AP)

The Bruins are just two wins from their second Stanley Cup finals appearance in three years after dismantling the Penguins, 6-1, Monday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The Bruins dominated from the opening puck drop, scoring just 28 seconds in when Brad Marchand took advantage of a Sidney Crosby turnover at the blue line and raced the length of the ice to beat Tomas Vokoun.

RECORDS WHEN WINNING/LOSING GAMES 2 AND 3

• The Bruins now have a 30-17-1 lifetime record in Game 2s of best-of-seven series in which they won the first game.

• They are 22-7 lifetime when leading a best-of-seven series 2-0 and they are 19-10 lifetime in Game 3s when leading a best-of-seven series 2-0.

• This is the eighth time in club history that the Bruins have won the first two games of a best-of-seven series on the road. They are 5-2 in the previous seven, most recently a four-game sweep of Philadelphia in the 2011 CSF series.

• The Penguins now have a 13-12 lifetime record in Game 2s of best-of-seven series in which they lost the first game. They are 5-6 lifetime when trailing a best-of-seven series 0-2 and they are 7-4 lifetime in Game 3s when trailing a best-of-seven series 0-2/tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven series.

• This is the third time in club history that the Penguins have lost the first two games of a best-of-seven series on home ice and they are 1-1 in the previous two, most recently a six-game setback to Philadelphia in their 2012 CQF series.

WHO’S HOT

Brad Marchand had two goals, giving him 4-5-9 totals in six of his last eight games. It is his third multiple-point game of this postseason and the eighth of his playoff career.

Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist, 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 postseason and the 10th of his playoff career.

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist, giving him 3-5-8 totals in four of his last eight games. It is his third multiple-point game of this postseason and the 13th of his playoff career.

Johnny Boychuk had a goal and an assist, giving him 3-1-4 totals in three of his last six games. It was his first career multiple-point playoff game.

Jaromir Jagr had two assists for his first multiple-point game of this postseason. They are his first points since he had four assists in the seven-game CQF series vs. Toronto.

David Krejci had a goal, giving him 3-6-9 totals in six of his last eight games. He has extended his postseason scoring lead with 8-12-20 totals and is tied for the league playoff lead in goals.

Torey Krug had an assist, giving him 4-2-6 totals in five of his seven games played.

Gregory Campbell had an assist, giving him 3-3-6 totals in five of his last six games.

Shawn Thornton had an assist, giving him four assists in three of his last five games.

• Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke had an assist, giving him four assists in four of his last five games.
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Second period notes: Bruins 4, Penguins 1 at 9:58 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask stopped everything fired his way in the second period. (AP)

Tuukka Rask turned away all seven Pittsburgh shots in the second period as both teams were scoreless, allowing Boston to maintain its 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Here, thanks to the Bruins media relations department, are notes after two periods:

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 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 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 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 has an assist tonight, giving him four assists in four of his last five games.

LEADING / TRAILING / TIED AFTER SECOND
• The Bruins lead the Penguins by a 4-1 score following the second period tonight.
• The Bruins are 5-1 this post-season when leading after the second period … They finished the regular season with a 15-4-4
record when ahead after the second period.
• The Penguins are 0-1 this post-season when trailing after the second period … They finished the regular season with a 4-8-0
mark when behind after the second period.

FUN FACTS
• Boston’s four-goal first period was their highest single period output in a playoff game since they netted four in the first period of a 5-2 win vs. Vancouver on June 13, 2011 … It was their most in a road period since they scored four in the first of a 6-5 overtime loss in Buffalo on Apr. 24, 1993.
• Tuukka Rask had his shutout streak snapped at 128:47 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.
• The Bruins have gotten 32 of their 124 points in this series from defensemen, including 13 of their 45 goals.
• 12 Bruins have combined for 27 multiple-point games in this post-season (Krejci-6; Horton-5; Lucic and Marchand-3 each;
Chara and Bergeron-2 each; Redden, Campbell, Seguin, Paille, Thornton, Krug-1 each).
• 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).
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First period notes: Bruins 4, Penguins 1 at 9:17 pm ET
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Brad Marchand had the Penguins in his sights during the first period. (AP)

Brad Marchand scored 28 seconds into Game 2 and scored with 8.3 seconds left in the period as the Bruins outclassed the Penguins, 4-1, in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Marchand, Nathan Horton and David Krejci, chasing Tomas Vokoun from the Penguins net with 3:29 left in the first. Marc-Andre Fleury 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 assisted on Brad Marchand’s second goal of the night for his 50th career NHL 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 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 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 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 has an assist tonight, giving him four assists in four of his last five games.

FUN FACTS:
Tuukka Rask 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.
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David Krejci: ‘We don’t have guys like [Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin], we have a team’ 06.02.13 at 12:25 am ET
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David Krejci celebrates with Brad Marchand (63) after Krejci's second goal Saturday night. (AP)

The question was innocent enough. After scoring two more playoff goals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh Saturday, David Krejci was asked if he considers himself in the same class as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

“No. Those guys, I think they’re the best players in the world at this moment,” he answered after Saturday’s 3-0 Bruins’ win in Game 1. “There’s no one like those guys. On the other hand, we don’t have guys like that. We have a team. We all play as a team.”

Krejci, with seven goals and 12 assists, now leads all scorers in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 19 points. In yet another parallel with 2011, when the Bruins won it all, Krejci is leading the way. That year, Krejci had 12 goals and 11 assists in leading the Bruins to the Cup. The next three leading scorers in the playoffs are Penguins in Malkin (16 points), Kris Letang (16) and Crosby (15) and then another Bruin and Krejci line-mate in Nathan Horton, who scored the third and final goal of the night, and also has 15 points in the playoffs.

“I think Nathan played really well today,” Krejci said. “He set me up for my two goals. He scored a big one in the third. [Tuukka Rask] played pretty good, as well. I think it was pretty good effort by all the guys and a big win.”

Krejci was asked after his second goal that made it 2-0 whether it felt like the Bruins were playing with house money.

“I think so,” Krejci said. “You know, I think Tookes made some big saves in the third period. You know, that’s not our hockey, playing up and down. We want to play good defensively and play in their zone. They’re a good team, so it’s tough to do that. But the second goal was pretty big for our team. I think right after that we took over and kind of controlled the game from there.”

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Claude Julien: Tuukka Rask ‘wasn’t good, he was outstanding’ 06.01.13 at 11:58 pm ET
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Claude Julien and the Bruins were fired up Saturday night for Game 1. (AP)

Claude Julien watched as his team scored first, then he scolded them for turnovers. Then the Bruins coach sat back and watched his team take Pittsburgh’s best punch and beat the Penguins, 3-0, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The Bruins got a first period goal from David Krejci, the first of two on the night from the team’s leading scorer in these playoffs. In the second period, Julien said he was worried that the team was giving Pittsburgh too many chances.

“I thought for a while, halfway through the second period, I was saying to our players that we were turning too many pucks over in the neutral zone or just outside or inside the offensive blueline,” Julien said. “Sure enough, they’re a team that really takes advantage of those turnovers.

“We got caught into a run‑and‑gun type of game. I think we all know we’re not a team that does well in those run‑and‑gun games.
In the third period, we settled down, played more of our game. I think that’s why we spent more time in our own end and managed the puck better. I thought there was some average puck management in the second period, too. That’s what I mean, some of the passes they would intercept, we tried to hit our D, they would cut those off. Luckily, whatever little mistakes we made, Tuukka was up to the task.”

Rask stopped all 29 shots on the night and even took a shove from Sidney Crosby at the end of the second period, prompting a center ice scuffle as the teams went to the dressing room. Julien said Rask’s work with goaltending coach Bob Essensa all week paid off, preventing any possible rust from a six-day layoff.

“Bob has been with us all week,” Julien said. “He did some work with us before practice, worked on all the things he wanted to work on.
Those are all things that obviously helped us. [Rask] got some rest. So tonight, as far as I’m concerned, he wasn’t good, he was outstanding.”

Julien downplayed the scuffle at the end of the second period and didn’t go after public enemy No. 1 in Matt Cooke for his hit on Adam McQuaid in the first period that resulted in game misconduct on Cooke.

“I don’t know if it had any impact at all, to be honest with you,” Julien said when asked. “Again, I didn’t get a chance to look at it closely. I was asked that question on the bench. I can’t comment on that stuff. I didn’t see it clearly enough. Was he in that position ahead of time, that Cooke could see him in a vulnerable position? I don’t know. I’ll have to look at it.

“No matter what I say, the league will rule on that stuff and move forward with it. You got to trust, again, they’re going to make the right decision.”

As for the scuffle at the end of the second that also featured a fight between Patrice Bergeron and Evgeni Malkin and ended with a shouting match between captains Sidney Crosby and Zdeno Chara, Julien said that stuff happens.

“Whatever. I didn’t see everything happen except that there was a fight,” Julien said. “I saw Sidney push our goaltender as he’s skating off.
This is playoff hockey. Those things are going to happen. You don’t whine or complain about it, you just deal with it. What we had to deal with tonight was winning a hockey game. That’s all that mattered. Whichever way we took at the end of the night, that’s all that mattered.”
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Game 1 postgame notes: Bruins 3, Penguins 0 at 11:14 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask stared down the Penguins Saturday night and made 29 saves for his first career playoff shutout. (AP)

The Bruins got off to a strong start in the Eastern Conference finals by shutting out one of the most prolific offenses in recent Stanley Cup history with a 3-0 win over the Penguins Saturday night at Consol Energy Center. Here, thanks to the Bruins media relations department, are some postgame notes.

• The Bruins now have a 48-45 lifetime record in Game 1s of best-of-seven series.

• They are 33-14 lifetime when leading a best-of-seven series 1-0 and they are 29-17-1 lifetime in Game 2s when leading a best-of-seven series 1-0.

• The Penguins now have a 23-25 lifetime record in Game 1s of best-of-seven series.

• They are 12-12 lifetime when trailing a best-of-seven series 0-1 and they are 13-11 lifetime in Game 2s when trailing a best-of-seven series 0-1.

• In the previous four series between these teams, each team won the first game twice and both teams were 1-1 in the series in which they won the first game.

RASK SHUTOUT

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for his first career playoff shutout.

• It was the 43rd playoff shutout by a Bruins goaltender and the first since Tim Thomas earned a 1-0 overtime win over Washington on April 12, 2012.

• It was the 17th time the Penguins have been shut out in a playoff game and the first since Tampa Bay’s Dwayne Roloson earned a 1-0 win on April 27, 2011.

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Andrew Ference: ‘It’s a matter of trainers and coaches figuring out’ return 05.31.13 at 2:21 pm ET
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Andrew Ference has been preparing to return to the Bruins lineup if cleared. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

WILMINGTON — Andrew Ference is close to playing. How close? Well, that depends on whom you ask and when.

Ference, himself, said that he’s had a very good and productive week of practice as he comes off a left foot injury that sidelined him for the last two games of the first round series against Toronto and all five games against the Rangers.

“I’ve had some really good practices. I think it’s a matter of trainers and coaches figuring out that,” Ference said after Friday’s practice. “The only thing I can do is skate and do what I have to do to make myself ready. But, at a certain point, it’s in other people’s hands as well.”

“We’re certainly not going to tip our hands,” Julien said when asked about possible maneuvering with defensive pairings. “If Ference is cleared, we have to consider that.”

Ference was skating for a fourth straight day with Aaron Johnson. As it stands now, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk would start the series as the top D pair, followed by Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski and then Adam McQuaid and Torey Krug. Given Krug’s firepower on the power play, Bartkowski figures to be the odd man out when Ference is cleared.

“I feel good. I feel good,” Ference repeated moments later. “Good practices. I was able to take part in everything. It was nice to be at full speed with the guys. Feeling great. I think everybody is excited to get going here. We’ve done a lot of watching of the other series over the last few days. [Good to] get back to the real deal.”

The other major theme regarding Ference is his return to Pittsburgh. The Bruins are playing the Penguins in the playoffs for the first time since Ference began his career in Pittsburgh in the 1999-2000 season, after being an eighth-round pick in 1997.

“As far as going back to Pittsburgh, I’m actually surprised this is the first time our teams have met up in the past few years. Obviously, we’ve both had success. Should be great hockey. Obviously, good for the game to have those good, big markets left over here,” Ference said.

Ference broke in on a team that included Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens and Alexei Kovalev. That team made it to the Eastern Conference finals in 2001 before bowing out to the Devils in five games.

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