While Boston will gladly thank Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby for trying to prove how tough they were in Game 1, the Bruins are not expecting the Penguins to treat Game 2 like a back-alley fight.

The Black and Gold know they’re going to receive Pittsburgh’s strongest effort so that the Penguins don’t fall down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series that will move to Boston for games at TD Garden on Wednesday and Friday night. That means Crosby, Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang and Co. should be focused on creating offense, generating power plays and turning hit posts from Game 1 into goals.

The fisticuffs and the nastiness Pittsburgh displayed on Saturday definitely caught some Bruins players by surprise, but they were more than happy to oblige when it meant putting players like Malkin and Chris Kunitz into the penalty box for potential power plays.

“I wasn’t really focused on that. Maybe it seemed that way,” said Daniel Paille, when asked if he was surprised about Pittsburgh coming after Bruins players. “We have some guys that are willing to do that, and we have some guys that aren’t willing to do that, like [Bergeron] did, and I think we got them off their game a little bit.

“But it’s going to be different in [Game 2]. We need to be smarter than that, and more prepared for them.”

Specifically, the Bruins defense and Tuukka Rask have to be prepared for whatever storm awaits them on Monday night, knowing that they’ve got the attention of the Penguins after giving them their first playoff shutout loss since an April 27, 2011. Crosby was a minus-2, won just 6-of-17 face-offs, and had four largely harmless shots on net in Saturday night’s defeat, spending more time whining to officials and slashing Bruins players than actually playing his game.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma admitted as much after Sunday’s optional practice in Pittsburgh, and it seems pretty clear his message to the team was something along the lines of “cut the crap and start playing.”