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Penguins vs Bruins - 2013 Eastern Conference Final

Jagr steps up at opportune time for Bruins

Tuesday, 06.04.2013 / 12:47 AM / Penguins vs Bruins - 2013 Eastern Conference Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

PITTSBURGHJaromir Jagr broke his radio silence with the media for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final between his Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins began.

His play Monday night left him little choice.

The veteran Bruins right wing had two assists in Boston's 6-1 win in Game 2 and looked a lot like the younger version of himself who brought so many of the fans in Pittsburgh out of their seats for his many years of dominance with the Penguins.

On this occasion, Jagr's play had the opposite effect on the Penguins' fans.

The two assists snapped a stretch of six games without a point for Jagr, but someone who now has 195 points in 194 career games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs doesn't exactly lose any sleep over a little slump like that.

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Penguins' top guns fall short again

Tuesday, 06.04.2013 / 12:24 AM / Penguins vs Bruins - 2013 Eastern Conference Final

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- The numbers don't lie for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Their best players have not been good enough in the Eastern Conference Final -- and it may be the biggest reason they are down 2-0 in this best-of-7 series after the Boston Bruins pasted them 6-1 on Monday night in Game 2 at Consol Energy Center.

Sidney Crosby, the captain and the player many believe to be the best in the world, has played 47:22 in this series, but has no points and just six shots. He is minus-3, committed four giveaways (all in Game 2) and has won just 14 of 35 faceoffs.

Evgeni Malkin, the Conn Smythe winner when Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in 2009, has played 37:36 and has 10 shots without generating a point. He is minus-3.

Jarome Iginla, the man they traded for near the NHL Trade Deadline to provide secondary scoring, has played 30:36 without a point and has managed just three shots. He is minus-6.

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Sloppy start dooms Penguins in Game 2

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby won the opening faceoff Monday night to start Game 2 and, shortly thereafter, managed a shot on goal.

Unfortunately, that was the high point of the first period for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played their worst period of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- perhaps their worst period of the entire season -- in allowing four goals in the first 20 minutes and trailing by three scores.

The only other time Pittsburgh allowed four goals in a period was March 7, when they allowed the Philadelphia Flyers to score four in the first before rallying for a 5-4 victory.

There would be no comeback on this night, however, not even for a normally prolific Pittsburgh offense as the Boston Bruins strangled the life out of the game, as well as the crowd at Consol Energy Center en route to a 6-1 victory that delivered the visitors a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

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Penguins' Engelland, Vitale replace Eaton, Kennedy

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

PITTSBURGHPittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland and forward Joe Vitale were both in the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday night in place of defenseman Mark Eaton and forward Tyler Kennedy.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has not dressed either Engelland or Vitale since Game 2 of the second round against the Ottawa Senators on May 17. In four Stanley Cup Playoff games this spring, Engelland has no points, six penalty minutes, two shots on goal and a minus-4 rating. Vitale has one assist in four games with four penalty minutes, two shots on goal and an even rating.

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Bruins' Bartkowski back in Pittsburgh as pioneer

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Paul Taibi still has the voicemail saved on his phone. It was January 2011 when the coach of West Virginia University's club hockey team saw the message from Matt Bartkowski, whom he had coached at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh. The Boston Bruins defenseman had called to tell Taibi he would be in the lineup for his first NHL game.

The game was in Pittsburgh against Bartkowski's hometown Pittsburgh Penguins.

"He actually got me tickets. It was pretty big," Taibi told NHL.com. "There was a lot friends and family there. I don't know how he got so many tickets."

It was a triumphant return for the Pittsburgh-born Bartkowski, who in 2006 captained Taibi's Mt. Lebanon team to an undefeated season and the school's first state hockey title in 30 years. In a city that has recently started to produce top NHL prospects -- the Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad, the Anaheim Ducks' John Gibson, and Vincent Trocheck of the Florida Panthers -- Bartkowski came first.

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Five keys as Penguins, Bruins battle for Game 2

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins know they can't lose the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final with suffering grave consequences.

The Boston Bruins, meanwhile, know that heading back to Boston with a two-game lead in the best-of-7 series is the best possible scenario.

So each side knows we have already reached a pivotal point in this series in Game 2 on Monday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS) at Consol Energy Center.

That means Game 2 should be twice as intense as Game 1, which was a bitterly fought affair from the opening whistle to the final horn in what turned out to be a 3-0 victory for Boston. Now the pace will be even more furious, the hitting will be even more punishing and the goaltending even more precise.

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Pens and Bruins move past Cooke hit on McQuaid

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

PITTSBURGHMatt Cooke has been in this position before.

Waiting, wondering if one of his transgressions from the previous night will be subjected to supplementary discipline.

Cooke's hit from behind on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid had put the Pittsburgh Penguins forward in that situation once again Sunday morning, and he was relieved to learn that he will in fact be eligible to suit up for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday night (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"It's a great relief because I want to be on the ice helping my team, not sitting in this dressing room worrying about winning or losing," Cooke said Sunday. "I've been in that situation before and it's no fun. I'm just thankful I can go out [Monday] night and help our team."

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Despite win, Bruins unimpressed with Game 1 effort

Chris Adamski - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- A day after shutting out what by far has been the NHL's highest-scoring offense this season, Boston Bruins wing Brad Marchand was unimpressed by his team's defensive performance.

"I don't think anything it was anything special," Marchand said.

Later, Marchand offered, "We definitely got lucky."

No matter, the Bruins still have a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins that continues with Game 2 Monday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS) at Consol Energy Center.

A general sentiment among the Penguins' locker room was -- barring their play in the third period once they fell behind by multiple goals -- they played well enough to win Game 1. The Bruins reacted similarly to Tuukka Rask's first shutout of the postseason.

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Krejci staking a claim to be among NHL's elite

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- David Krejci is a man of few words.

Instead, the reticent Czech center lets his play do the talking. Throughout the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, his play has been making a lot of declarative statements.

Krejci leads the Boston Bruins -- and the entire NHL -- in scoring this postseason with 19 points. He has seven goals, which is tied for second in the League, just one behind Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks. His two goals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night gave him five multi-goal games in the past three postseasons, a feat only accomplished by two other players -- Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings -- during that same timespan.

He has played 45 playoff games since the 2011 postseason began and has 45 points. Nobody else has come close to matching that production across the past three springs. More than a quarter of his postseason goals (7 of 27) have been game-winning tallies.

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Crosby, Malkin shut out in Game 1 loss

Chris Adamski - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- They combined for as many minuses (three) as they did penalties. More telling, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby accumulated more fighting majors (one) than they did points.

The frustration showed in the Pittsburgh Penguins' dynamic duo, both during and after a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday night at Consol Engery Center.

"It was pretty emotional, and we get into it a little bit," Crosby said of a spate of after-whistle skirmishes. "But that's not something we go out there looking for -- that's more of a result of the way the game kind of escalated."

Held without a point for the third time in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games this season, the only place Crosby's name appeared on the score sheet was in the form of a first-period interference penalty and with a slashing minor during the game's final two minutes.

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