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PITTSBURGH -- The Boston Bruins keep talking about fortunate bounces and a dash of luck, insisting the margin between themselves and the Pittsburgh Penguins is thin. Cheap Braves Jerseys China . At the moment, it looks like a chasm. Brad Marchand scored twice during a four-goal first period and the Bruins routed the Pittsburgh 6-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. "It doesnt matter what the series is at right now," Marchand said. "If they get the next one, theyre right back in it. The next one is the one thats most important." Its a phrase the top-seed Penguins repeated after losing Game 1 on Saturday night to fall behind in a series for the first time in the playoffs. The inspired play they needed never materialized. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held scoreless for the second straight contest to send the NHLs highest-scoring team slouching to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday with its season on the line. "Tonight was terrible, theres no other way to describe it," Crosby said. "A loss is a loss. Its frustrating. You dont like giving one like that. We really didnt do a lot of things to give ourselves a chance to win. This one we have to forget pretty quickly." It wont be easy. David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk also scored for Boston while Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots. Pittsburghs top-ranked power play went 0 for 2 and the Penguins were never in it after the Bruins scored three times in 17 minutes to chase Tomas Vokoun. Brandon Sutter netted Pittsburghs lone goal. Vokoun gave up three first-period goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury. "Weve gotten away from our game," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "Weve gotten off our game plan." The Bruins had more than a little something to do with it. Pouncing on every mistake -- of which there were plenty to choose -- Boston buried the Penguins early. Not bad for a team that needed an improbable third-period rally in Game 7 of the first round against Toronto to advance. In the span of three weeks, Boston has morphed from a team hanging by a thread into one capable of bookending the Stanley Cup it won two years ago. "Winning that Toronto series created some momentum from that," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. "Weve been able to keep riding that momentum. We need to keep pushing harder." Another nudge or two would almost certainly send the Penguins toppling over. Pittsburgh blamed its choppy play in the opener, including a rare fight by Malkin, on an eight-day layoff, stressing there was no need to panic. Might be time to start now. The last 16 teams to go up 2-0 in the conference finals have advanced to the Cup finals. The Penguins managed to escape a 2-0 hole against the Bruins in 1991 on their way to the franchises first championship. These days Mario Lemieux is relegated to watching from the owners box. At the moment, the view isnt pretty. Marchand took advantage of a sloppy play by Crosby to give Boston the lead just 28 seconds into the game. Crosby attempted to flip a bouncing puck back into Bostons zone. Marchand casually flipped it out of the air, then streaked in on Vokoun before putting a wrist shot over Vokouns glove. The Bruins -- and Marchand -- were just getting started. Boston poured in two more goals to rattle the Stanley Cup favourites and end Vokouns run through the post-season. Not that Vokoun had much help from the guys in front of him. Kris Letang failed to clear the puck at the end of a Boston power play and Torey Krug kept it in and fired a slap shot at the net. Neither Vokoun, Letang or Paul Martin could grab it and Horton reached down and tapped it in between a sea of sticks to make it 2-0. Krejcis eighth goal of the post-season pushed it to 3-0, though his shot was the easy part. Jaromir Jagr and Bergeron took care of the hard part, dismantling Pittsburghs defence with a series of slick passes that left the NHLs leading playoff scorer all by his lonesome in front of the Pittsburgh net. "We were playing catch-up right from the start," Crosby said. "Its not a good feeling." And it only got worse. The score put an abrupt end to Vokouns hot streak. The 36-year-old journeyman won six of his first seven starts after replacing a shaky Fleury in the opening series against the New York Islanders. He was hardly to blame for the loss in the opener against Boston, but Bylsma nodded at Fleury after Krejcis goal. Fleury returned to a warm ovation and for a moment it gave Pittsburgh a jolt. Sutter snapped a wrist shot over Rasks stick with 34 seconds left in the first period and the Penguins appeared to have life. Marchand quickly snuffed it out, rifling a shot over Fleurys outstretched glove to restore Bostons three-goal edge. That was more than enough. Way more. The Bruins allowed five goals in a game only three times all season. The Penguins never even came close to getting two as the NHLs highest-scoring team had trouble getting out of its own way. Players collided, tripped over themselves and seemed unable to generate any kind of energy. Boston squeezed away all the open ice Pittsburgh enjoyed while racing to the leagues second-best record. The Bruins blocked shots, poke-checked and pushed the Penguins all over the ice. The boos grew to a dull roar when Pittsburgh flubbed a second-period power play. They dissipated late, if only because so many left after Bergerons goal made it 5-1 only 27 seconds into the third period. Theres a chance it may be the last home game of the season. The Penguins need to win at least one of two in Boston to force a Game 5. NOTES: Krejcis 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) lead all scorers in the post-season ... Pittsburgh adjusted its lineup before the game, scratching D Mark Eaton and RW Tyler Kennedy in favour of D Deryk Engelland and C Joe Vitale. Cheap Braves Jerseys . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. Wholesale Braves Jerseys . After Gasquet beat fifth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-5, 6-3, Tsonga followed up with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2 win against sixth-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin in an all-French match. . While hell be dialed in to that tournament on a course he loves, you can forgive him if his eyes glance down the calendar just a bit, towards April. PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was surrounded by four rows of fans who stood shoulder-to-shoulder, curious to see how he was going to escape from the trees on the second hole at The Players Championship. Cheers erupted when he pulled out a 5-wood, a risky shot off the pine straw through a 15-foot gap of pines. Woods said he didnt hear Sergio Garcia hit his shot from the fairway. He didnt see Garcia stare in his direction. But he heard Garcia on television during a storm delay. The Spaniard said the burst of cheers disrupted his swing, and he suggested that Woods was the instigator by thinking only of himself. "Not real surprising that hes complaining about something," Woods said. "Thats fine," Garcia said when told of Woods comments. "At least Im true to myself. I know what Im doing, and he can do whatever he wants." A storm was brewing Saturday at Sawgrass even before the real storms rolled in and caused a two-hour delay, keeping eight players from finishing their round. And in the midst of the latest chapter in this Woods-Garcia rift, Swedish rookie David Lingmerth quietly went about his business and wound up atop the leaderboard. Lingmerth finished a wild day with an 8-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th and a 10-foot birdie on the island-green 17th to reach 12-under par when the third round was suspended because of darkness. He was two shots ahead of three players who have won The Players Championship -- Woods, Garcia and Henrik Stenson. "Im aware of where theyre at," Lingmerth said. "I try not to look at the leaderboard when Im out there. Im just trying to do my thing. But having those guys behind me, I know theyre going to try to hunt me down, of course. But Im just going to try to forget about all that and just try to do my thing." That starts just after sunrise. Eight players -- including the top four -- had to return Sunday morning to complete the third round. Woods and Garcia were on the 15th hole. The best action Saturday was during the rain delay when Garcia was asked about the par-5 second hole. "Well, obviously Tiger was on the left and it was my shot to hit," Garcia said. "He moved all of the crowd that he needed to move. I waited for that. I wouldnt say that he didnt see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit and right as I was in the top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled like a 5-wood or a 3-wood and obviously everybody started screaming. So that didnt help very much." Woods said Garcia didnt have his facts straight. "The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot," Woods said. Asked if they talked it over when play resumed, Woods replied, "We didnt do a lot of talking." Garcia wound up making a bogey on the second hole to lose the one-shot lead he had at the start of the round. Woods pulled off his shot, and then blasted out of the bunker to about 10 feet and made birdie to take the lead. When storm clouds moved in, Garcia already hit a tough shot onto the green at No. 7, and Woods had to mark his ball in the fairway when the siren sounded to stop play. When they resumed, Wood hit onto the seventh green, and Garcia putted before Woods got there. They were on the 15th hole when play was stopped because of darkness. Woods gave a brief TV interview, aand Garcia came over to shake his hand. Cheap Braves Jerseys Authentic. Garcia didnt back away from his TV interview. "It happens to me when Im in Spain," he said of the large crowds. "Obviously, it happens to him everywhere he goes. He gets a lot of people following, and I think you have to be very careful because theres another guy playing. Sometimes you have to pay attention to whats going on because if the other guys hitting and you do something when youre in the crowd, the crowd is going to respond and its going to affect the other player. "I think sometimes you have to be a bit more careful." Meanwhile, The Players Championship was shaping up to be quite a finish. Lingmerth, who began his rookie season by losing in a playoff at the Humana Challenge, poured in par putts along the back nine to stay around the leaders, and then he raced by them with his eagle-birdie finish. He returns Sunday to play the 18th hole. Stenson was the first to reach 12 under when he made a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-5 ninth, but what appeared to be a shoo-in birdie on the par-5 11th turned into a bogey when his second shot when just long and down a steep slope. It took him two chips to reach the green and he made bogey, and Stenson made another bogey on the 15th. Garcia made par from deep in the woods and bogey from the middle of the fairway. He came close to a hole-in-one on the 13th hole, and went bunker-to-bunker for bogey on the 14th hole. Woods was far steadier, though certainly not spectacular. That birdie he made on No. 2 was his only one of the day. Jeff Maggert, who also had a share of the lead at one point early in the day, bogeyed the last hole for a 66 and was the clubhouse leader at 9-under 207. Casey Wittenberg and Ryan Palmer also were at 9-under and still had to finish their rounds. Lee Westwood whiffed a shot on his opening hole then his club nicked a pine tree on his downswing and the club went nearly a foot past the ball, leading to double bogey. Westwood was 6-under with three holes to play. Hunter Mahans tee shot on the 15th hole got stuck high up in a tree, leading to double bogey, but then he rolled in an eagle putt from off the 16th green. He three-putted the 17th green for bogey and wound up with a 71, putting him at 8-under 208 with David Lynn of England, who had a 68. Lynn lost in a playoff last week at Quail Hollow. Through all that, Woods and Garcia generated the biggest buzz. The Woods-Garcia relationship already was frosty. In Tom Callahans book on Woods, "His Fathers Son," he writes about the time Woods saw Garcia in the clubhouse watching a TV monitor and trying to cheer a players putt out of the hole. Woods was said to be put off when Garcia celebrated wildly after winning a Monday night "Battle at Bighorn" exhibition in 2000. During the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, which Woods won wire-to-wire, Garcia complained that play should have been stopped in the second round because of the rain. "If Tiger Woods would have been out there, it would have been called," Garcia said that day. Saturday was the sixth time Woods and Garcia have played together in the final group on the weekend. Woods went on to win the previous five tournaments. There is plenty of work left at Sawgrass. And if there is no change on the leaderboard Sunday morning, Woods and Garcia get to play together again. 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