Bruins up 2-0 vs. Penguins as they head into Game 3
PITTSBURGH, Penn. (WHDH) -- Raise your hand if you had the Bruins coming into the Consol Energy Center and winning one game - let alone two - to start the Eastern Conference Finals.
But that's exactly what happened. The Bruins put the Pens in a 2-nothing hole, jumping out to an early lead in the series, thanks to a shocking start in game 2.
It was Brad Marchand, getting the party going just 28 seconds into the game, picking up a loose puck, skating in and beating Tomas Vokoun, setting the tone for what was yet to come.
The Bruins scored two more against him, before Marc-Andre Fleury came on in relief and Marchand abused him, too - scoring less than 30 seconds after a Brandon Sutter goal. The Bruins were up 4-1 and the rout was on. The Bruins rolled to 6-1 and how they finished had a lot to do with how they started.
"We wanted to make sure we had an epic start. We knew they were going to come out very hard. And we wanted to make sure we weathered the storm. It was nice to get a couple early. And we did a good job not letting up after that," said Marchand.
"We knew they were going to be a better team. And we had to be better than we were the last game in here. Have a better start anyways and we did that. We got some good bounces go our way. And because of that we were able to establish a lead. And then we just took it from there. Sometimes those fortunate bounces go your way and it did tonight,” said
So the bruins head home ahead of Wednesday night's game 3, up 2-0 in the series.
In the current playoff format, no team has come back from a 0-2 hole in the conference finals.
Of course, the 1991 Penguins came back from 2-0 deficit - and did it against the Bruins.