Bruins center Patrice Bergeron sported stitches on the cradle of his nose and some colorful bruising, then lined up for headshots Sunday afternoon in the hallway at Consol Energy Center.
"Welcome to my world," left winger Shawn Thornton told him, noting he had a shiner in his past six team pictures. "When [Bergeron] gets that riled up, it's usually for a good reason. ... It probably gets the guys fired up to see him that emotionally involved."
A day after gritty, get-under-your-skin Boston took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, the Bruins insisted they did nothing more than play their game and are ready to shore up on defense for Game 2.
"We're both big, strong, physical teams, so there's going to be a lot of emotion," Thornton said. "I'm sure we had some guys who were frustrated, too. I don't think it's anything in particular that we're doing. We just kind of worry about what's going on in here."
Coach Claude Julien said his team needs to find a way to limit the Penguins' chances.
"We always have to be better in certain areas," said Julien. "Bottom line is you are good enough in other areas to win a hockey game. I thought our puck management, especially the second period, wasn't very good and certainly was better in the third. Those are certain areas we have to be better at. [The Penguins] thrive on turnovers. We've got to minimize those."
The team had a short optional skate Sunday, then a handful of players spoke to reporters.
All seemed well-aware of the 29 shots Tuukka Rask turned aside and the many more scoring chances that did not go the Penguins' way.
"I don't think [we did] anything special [on defense]. Tuukka stood tall and made a lot of saves at the right time," said left winger Brad Marchand. "We want to make sure we collapse low and try to take away lanes. They make a lot of seam passes. We want to make sure we take that away."
Marchand admitted the game could have ended differently had the Penguins gotten one past Rask heading into the third period.
"If they would've scored -- Kunitz hit the post in the second -- it would've been a completely different game," said Marchand. "Could've been a much different outcome. We definitely got lucky there."
Defenseman Adam McQuaid agreed with Marchand.
"I think we've got to continue to do the things we did last game. Again, I think Tuukka played a big role," said McQuaid. "He made some big saves. Some point-blank chances they had, [so] we'll try and clean up. ... You've heard it's a game of inches. Sometimes, it doesn't take much to go one way or another."
The Bruins were outshot, 12-7, in the first period, but as tempers flared, it worked in their favor.
"We were able to settle down, maintain our game as we were going and frustrate them a little bit," said forward Daniel Paille.
Ultimately, Julien said, the Bruins will work to have a better start, but will take a win any way they can get it.
"If you look at the first shift, they spent a whole lot of time in our own end," said Julien. "You've got to remember, we're on the road here, they've got the fans. You want a better start, but you also understand what you're up against.
"It's the final score that matters and we got what we want."
Jenn Menendez: email@example.com, 412-263-1959 and Twitter @JennMenendez. First Published June 3, 2013 4:00 AM