The Boston Bruins made it look easy against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 6-1 victory in Game 2. This and more in the top NHL playoff stories from Monday:
1. Just when the Penguins thought they were climbing out of the hole, the Bruins kept burying their East final opponents. It began with a Sidney Crosby giveaway 25 seconds into the first period. The Penguins captain inadvertently flipped the puck over at the Boston blue-line towards Bruins winger Brad Marchand, who streaked in on goalie Tomas Vokoun to open the scoring. Before the Pens knew it, they were down 3-0 in the first, and when Brandon Sutter put the home team on the board it only took Marchand another 25 seconds to respond. After three unanswered goals, Boston took a 2-0 series lead on the Pens with a 6-1 victory. Game 3 is set for Wednesday in Boston (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).
2. "Wow" was a common word among NHLers who tweeted during Boston's convincing Game 2 victory. However, fans were more critical of the Penguins' goaltending after Pittsburgh had summoned Marc-Andre Fleury back into the net for the first time in a month. But as CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby writes, Pittsburgh's stars are to blame for the lack of production. "We have to be smarter," Crosby said. "We have to make sure we're not giving them their opportunities." Don Cherry certainly agrees. The Hockey Night in Canada star said on his Coach's Corner segment that roughing up Pittsburgh's franchise player shouldn't be this easy for the Bruins. "This is ridiculous, the way he gets run," Cherry said about Crosby. "He should always be protected."
3. While the Bruins head back to Boston up 2-0, the Los Angeles Kings return home down 0-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks. But they've been here before. Plus, they're 7-0 at the Staples Center this post-season. Will home ice be the difference for the Kings in Game 3 on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET)? Andrew Shaw looks ready to spoil Tyler Toffoli's party.