The Boston Bruins rode a four-goal first-period blitz to defeat the host Pittsburgh Penguins and take a two-games-to-none lead in their National Hockey League playoff series.
Brad Marchand got two goals, while Nathan Horton and David Krejci also scored in the first period for the Bruins as they won 6-1 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Marchand took 28 seconds to find the net and Horton doubled the lead after 14 minutes, 37 seconds. Less than two minutes later it was 3-0 as Krejci got his eighth goal of the postseason. After Brandon Sutter scored for the Penguins with 34 seconds left in the first period, Marchand restored Boston’s three-goal advantage with his second goal, nine seconds before the end of the period.
After a goalless second period, Patrice Bergeron got Boston’s fifth goal 27 seconds into the third period and Johnny Boychuk completed the rout with 1:24 to play.
The best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals now move to Boston for games tomorrow night and on June 7.
The series winner will play the Chicago Blackhawks or the defending Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings in the title series. The Blackhawks won the first two games at home in the series, which resumes tonight with Game 3 in Los Angeles.