Sidney Crosby has been utterly shut down in two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston.

He is scoreless in each of the first two games, and has exhibited frustration while turning pucks over at an uncharacteristically high rate since his little scuffle with Zdeno Chara at the end of the second period of Game 1 at CONSOL Energy Center.

It was Crosby’s ill-advised cross-ice pass attempt on a bouncing puck at the start of Game 2 that opened Brad Marchand for a scoring breakaway in the opposite direction. Corsby made three other giveaways in the Game 2 blowout loss.

"I like the direction our team is heading into, but the challenge is keeping it going in that direction,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “I think when you look at the skill level that they have, [there are] too many guys that can score goals. When you see not necessarily the Crosbys and the Malkins but the Dupuis and the Kunitz, they can skate Letang from the back end and Martin can carry the puck well.

“There are a lot of guys, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but there's a lot of firepower and a lot of layers in that department that they have.”

Fortunately for the Bruins, they have some of the best defensive players in the world. Both Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron have drawn duty against Sid the Kid in the first two games of the series. What’s their secret when Crosby gets possession in the offensive zone?

“l think if all six guys go to him, we should be okay . . . swarm defense,” said a smiling Kelly.

For the record, Pittsburgh tried to send five defenders at one Bruins player with the puck once or twice during Game 2 and it didn’t work out all that well.

It’s pretty amazing Crosby is a minus-4 in the playoffs given how dominant Pittsburgh has been through the postseason and entering the conference finals. But his play against the Bruins has been decidedly unimpressive. He’s fired off six shots on net and had four of Pittsburgh’s 12 giveaways in Game 2 -- he has the second-most giveaways on on the team throughout the entire postseason behind only Kris Letang.