PITTSBURGH - The Boston Bruins won the first game of the Eastern Conference final Saturday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins lost the game and lost focus, poise and composure in the 3-0 defeat.
For anybody who was paying attention a year ago, the Bruins seemed to use the formula the Philadelphia Flyers used in dispatching the Penguins in six games in the opening round last spring: get under the skin of the Penguins’ best players and let them take themselves out of the game.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had one of the worst performances of his playoff career. His line was on the ice for both goals scored by Bruins playoff stud David Krejci, who added to his playoff-leading points total. He scored the only goal of the first period at 8:23 as his shot snuck under diving Penguins defenceman Paul Martin.