“I expect them to be better,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “Any time you lose a game in your own building, and also being the team they are, they’re going to be better. We expect that and that’s why we need to be better, as well.”
The Bruins gained an early series lead with their 3-0 win in Game 1. It featured the kind of physicality and emotion the Penguins aren’t used to and less of the speed and finesse game they’ve displayed in becoming the best offensive team in the NHL. Pittsburgh tried to play more of the Bruins' style, but it didn’t work.
“It’s playoffs. It’s emotion,” said the Penguins’ Pascal Dupuis. “Guys are passionate. Guys want to win. But it’s not our game style to do it that way, so we certainly have to stay out of the box.
“They play a patient game and they take care of their opportunities. They’re a good team. They’re not in the third round of the playoffs for nothing. They know how to play and they have good players who are producing for them right now. We have to play a better game and manage our emotions better.”
Boston’s top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton provided the offensive spark for the Bruins in Game 1. Krejci scored twice and Horton added the other goal, but the other three lines came up empty.
“We have to work harder and be better than Game 1, that’s for sure,” Krejci said. “We know we didn’t play our best game.”
The Penguins were averaging 4.27 goals per game prior to the shutout in Game 1, so Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is expecting to see many more pucks coming at him in Game 2.
“They’re going to score some goals,” Rask said. “It’s going to happen.”
Rask has played well the entire postseason, which has drawn some comparisons to the way Tim Thomas played during the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup run. Statistically, Rask has been a bit better this spring.
Through the first 13 playoff games in 2011, Thomas was 9-4 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. Rask is 9-4 with a 2.10 GAA and a .933 save percentage.
“He played great all season, but in the playoffs he’s playing even better,” Krejci said.