All it took was a grand total of 53 seconds for Brad Marchand to completely collapse the Pittsburgh Penguins’ hopes for Game 2 at the CONSOL Energy Center on Monday night. The Nose Face Killah enjoyed his best game of the playoffs thus far as he scored 28 seconds into the first period on the very first shift of the game, and then tallied another goal at the end of the first period that helped propel Boston to a lopsided 6-1 victory over the Pens. The win gives the Black and Gold a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of seven Eastern Conference Finals series, and sends the series back to Boston with the B’s having outscored Pittsburgh by a 9-1 margin thus far. While Marchand seemed to have a few things to say to a few Penguins players after scoring the game’s first goal for the Bruins, he was modest and deferential after the blowout had ended. It’s a tall order for a guy that just scored two goals and was a game-high plus-4 after the commanding win, but Marchand was up for the aforementioned tall order. “We wanted to make sure we had a really big start,” said Marchand, who now has four goals and 11 points in 14 playoff games after a sluggish start vs. the Maple Leafs. “We really just played our game.” Marchand’s offensive explosion was part of a dominant night for that entire line, with the two goals from the B’s agitator and a pair of assists from Jaromir Jagr, including a backhanded beauty in the third period to Patrice Bergeron that officially pushed the win to blowout levels. But it was all about the explosive start to Boston’s night, with Marchand taking advantage of a Sidney Crosby turnover at the blue line. Marchand rushed in for the partial breakaway score to open things up for Boston, and the Bruins had themselves the perfect start to a road hockey game.
Marchand deflates Penguins twice in Game 2
NBC Sports Boston | Jun 4