Emotions running high. A fight by center Evgeni Malkin. Two minor penalties and some bubbling over of frustration by the team's other elite center, Sidney Crosby.
Did the Penguins step into some sort of time warp Sunday night in their 3-0 loss to Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final?
They rejected the notion that the game was reminiscent of their series loss in six games to Philadelphia in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.
Coach Dan Bylsma did not appear to be pleased by even the thought.
"I saw more parallels to Detroit , Game 5," he said.
In 2009, the Penguins had a large lapse in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, losing, 5-0, to the Red Wings to fall behind in the series, 3-2. They recovered to win back-to-back, 2-1 games and claim the title.
By Bylsma's analogy, that would make Game 1 against Boston just a bump in the road.
Defenseman Paul Martin likewise wasn't willing to liken Saturday's game to the series against Philadelphia.
"I don't think it's close to that," he said. "Game 1, I think we did a lot of things well that we want to build on [tonight in Game 2]."
Figuring out the faceoffs
The Penguins beat the Bruins in all three regular-season meetings despite being under 50 percent on faceoffs in each game.
In Game 1, faceoffs were an obvious deficiency. The Penguins won just 33 percent of them (16 of 48).
"Whenever you struggle on faceoffs, the only thing you can do is go back and look at them [on video] and see what you can maybe try differently on certain guys," said center Brandon Sutter, who won 3 of 10 faceoffs in Game 1.
"Every player has a different tendency, or different strategies, and you want to try to pick out what they are. That's the nice part of a seven-game series. You get time to try to figure the other guys out. Hopefully, we can do that in time for the next one."
McQuaid's side of the story
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid said he wasn't expecting the hit by Matt Cooke in Game 1 that sent McQuaid from the ice for several shifts and cost the Penguins a five-minute major and Cooke a game misconduct.
"Just kind of wasn't expecting the play, so just kind of took me by surprise, I guess," said McQuaid. "Took a second to kind of sort out what had happened."
McQuaid said he was not disappointed that there was no hearing by the NHL to consider a suspension for Cooke, but did not engage much on the line of questioning.
"Honestly, it's behind me now," he said. "There's so many things to focus on and get ready for. We just get ready for the next game and that's it."
He said his awareness with Cooke on the ice isn't much different than it would be with any oncoming forechecker.
Coach Claude Julien weighed in as well.
"As far as the Cooke situation, I think the referees had to call that," said Julien. "When you see his head going into the boards, numbers on numbers, had to call it. I have no issues if he's not suspended. I'm not convinced it's a suspendable thing. But I'm not going to say the referees didn't make the right decision, because they did."
Boston held a nearly full optional practice at Consol Energy Center, following a relatively sparse optional practice by the Penguins.
Twelve Penguins, most of whom did not play in Game 1, skated. They were forwards Cooke, Craig Adams, Tanner Glass, Joe Vitale, Beau Bennett and Dustin Jeffrey, defensemen Deryk Engelland, Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo and goalies Marc-Andre Fleury, Tomas Vokoun and Eric Hartzell.
Boston forward Nathan Horton had a plus-minus rating of plus-3 in Game 1, improving to plus-17 in 13 postseason games. The previous player to finish a postseason with a higher rating was New York Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch (plus-19 in 1994). ... The Penguins in Game 1 were shut out for the first time in 96 games (Toronto, Feb. 1, 2012) and in a playoff game for the first time since a 1-0 loss in Game 7 of the 2011 first round, when Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves for Tampa Bay.
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