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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Pens have little hope of rally -- or do they?

By ESPN Stats & Information

Eastern Conference Finals - Game 2
Bruins 6, Penguins 1 (Bruins lead series 2-0)


The Boston Bruins took a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals, as they won Game 2 6-1 in Pittsburgh. The Bruins have outscored the Penguins 9-1 in the series. Under the current playoff format, teams trailing 2-0 in the conference finals are 0-16 in the series. But there is hope. The last team to win the conference finals after trailing 2-0 were the 1991 Penguins (overcame deficit to defeat Bruins in 6 games). Jaromir Jagr was a 19-year-old rookie with the Penguins that season.

* Bruins: won 7 of last 8 postseason games
* Bruins: 2-0 vs PIT in postseason (had lost previous 6 regular-season meetings)
* Brad Marchand (BOS): 2 goals ... 3rd career multi-goal playoff game
* Johnny Boychuk (BOS): goal ... 5 goals this postseason (most he's ever had in the regular season is 5)
* David Krejci (BOS): goal ... leads NHL in scoring this postseason with 20 points (8G, 12A)
* Nathan Horton (BOS): goal, assist ... 2G, 3A in series
* Tuukka Rask (BOS): stopped 55 of 56 shots in series
* Tomas Vokoun (PIT): replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury after allowing 3 goals in first 16:31
* Sidney Crosby (PIT): -1 and team-high 4 giveaways
* The last time the Penguins scored one goal over a span of two home games was October 2006 (lost 2-0 to the Red Wings and 5-1 to the Hurricanes with a road game in between). That was Sidney Crosby's 2nd year in the NHL. The last time the Penguins scored one goal over consecutive games, both at home, was January 2004 when they lost 4-1 to the Rangers on January 3rd and 5-0 to the Maple Leafs on January 5th. How long ago was that? Mark Messier, rumored to be in the running to be the next Rangers coach had 2 assists in that game. Eric Lindros was also on that Rangers team.

Best-of-Seven Series History
Bruins: 22-7 when up 2-0
Penguins: 5-6 when trailing 2-0

Conference Finals Since Current Playoff Format Adopted in 1993-94
Teams trailing 2-0 are 0-16 in the series
Teams trailing 2-0 after losing first 2 games at home are 0-8 in the series

FROM ELIAS: The Bruins hold a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference finals after winning the first two games of the series by scores of 3–0 and 6–1. It’s only the eighth time in NHL history that a team has recorded a road win by a three-goal or larger margin in each the first two games of a playoff series, but it’s the fourth such series involving the Bruins. In 1970, Boston won by scores of 6–3 and 4–1 at Chicago in the first two games of its Semi-Final series against the Blackhawks, and then repeated that feat with 6–1 and 6–2 wins at St. Louis in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins were on the receiving end in 1995, when Martin Brodeur and the Devils posted 5–0 and 3–0 shutouts at Boston Garden in the first two games of a first-round series.

FROM ELIAS: The Bruins outscored the Penguins, 4–1, in the first period enroute to a 6–1 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at Pittsburgh. It was the first time in 30 years that a visiting team scored four or more goals in the opening period of a Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final game. In Edmonton’s series-clinching win at Chicago in Game 4 of the 1983 Campbell Conference Final, the Oilers outscored the Blackhawks, 4–1, in the first period, with Wayne Gretzky recording one goal and one assist.

NEXT LEVEL: The Bruins have been scoring from distance this postseason, with their goals coming on shots 29.4 feet away from the net on average. Only the Canucks, who scored 7 goals in a 1st-round sweep to the Sharks, have scored from further out this postseason.

Longest Avg Shot Distance
On Goals This Postseason

Canucks 35.9'
Bruins 29.4'<<
Red Wings 28.8'
Capitals 25.8'
>>47 goals this postseason (2nd-most)

- 14 of the Bruins goals have come from the point this postseason, 8 more than the next highest team.