PITTSBURGH — The Bruins rode a stellar netminding performance by Tuukka Rask in Game 1 to claim a 3-0 win over the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center Saturday night. Rask stopped every shot he saw, while also getting some help from his posts.
The Bruins, up 1-0 after 20 minutes, poured two more pucks into the Pittsburgh net in the third period. David Krejci crashed the net and bumped in his own rebound at 4:04. It was Krejci’s second goal of the game.
At 7:51, the Pittsburgh defense vacated the front of the net. Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton took advantage. Horton buried a wide-open shot to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the second period. But the Penguins had plenty of chances. The best attempt came when Evgeni Malkin rattled a slap shot off the left post in the final minute during a power play. On the same shift, James Neal snapped a shot on goal that Rask didn’t appear to see. Earlier in the second, Chris Kunitz blasted a shot off the left post.
The Bruins had their best chance on the penalty kill. After the puck glanced off Malkin’s stick, Patrice Bergeron peeled off for a shorthanded breakaway. The puck rolled off Bergeron’s stick before the center could put a shot on goal.
At 1:32 of the second, Matt Cooke was tossed from the game. Cooke checked Adam McQuaid face-first into the glass. Cooke was tagged with a major for hitting from behind. McQuaid skated off the ice slowly and retreated to the dressing room. McQuaid returned later in the second.
Tempers flared at the end of the second period. After Malkin and Bergeron traded jabs, both tossed off their mitts. Malkin scored the takedown. At the same time, Sidney Crosby gave Rask a slight shove as the goalie went off the ice.
The Bruins scored the only goal of the first. Andrew Ference, playing for the first time since Game 5 of the opening round, joined a rush and took defenseman Paul Martin with him, which opened up a shooting lane for Krejci, who slid one past Tomas Vokoun at 8:23.