The first period Monday night belonged to Boston's "Little Ball of Hate" Brad Marchand in less than 30 seconds.
The game belonged to the Bruins about as quickly.
Marchand scored 28 seconds into the game, and again with 8.1 seconds left in the period to help build a 6-1 victory against the Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final.
Both of his goals illustrated just how potent and opportunistic the Bruins offense -- underrated coming in -- has been this series.
Boston returns home with a 2-0 series lead, in a win that stunned another sellout at Consol Energy Center.
"He had a jump in his step," linemate Patrice Bergeron said. "When you see that you can see the way he shoots the puck, also. He finds every loose puck.
"That first goal was obviously huge ... and he carried that on with the second goal which was a huge goal again to keep going."
Marchand, who earned his nickname for his chippy style, had 19 points in 25 games in the team's 2011 Stanley Cup run and has 11 points this postseason on four goals, seven assists.
"It was nice to get a couple early and we did a good job of not letting up after that," Marchand said. "It's tough when a team scores first shift. They came out hard even after that goal. We did a good job scoring that second one, and battling. We were able to keep going from that."
For his first goal Marchand beat Tomas Vokoun glove side just 28 seconds into the game, capitalizing off a turnover by Sidney Crosby at the Boston blue line and buzzing in for a shot.
"The puck kind of bounced on Sid there and went up in the air and I just came through, knocked it down ... wanted to make sure I got a shot off," Marchand said.
Boston then got goals from Nathan Horton at 14:37 of the first period when Torey Krug fired in a turnover by Kris Letang from the point. Horton redirected it, then finished the rebound, and it was 3-0 when David Krejci scored at 16:31.
Marchand scored the real backbreaker after Brandon Sutter grabbed the Penguins some momentum with a wrister off the rush that beat Tuukka Rask top shelf at 19:26 of the third.
The goal barely announced yet, and Marchand quickly scored again making it 4-1 with 8.1 second left.
Jaromir Jagr muscled the puck free and sprung his linemates for the rush.
"I just took a hit and [Bergeron] and [Marchand] went on a two-on-two or a two-on-one [break]," said Jagr in his first interview since the team arrived in Pittsburgh. "He had confidence about his shot. He scored one on the top shelf on the left side so he tried the other side this time."
The four-goal first period was the Bruins' highest single-period goal output since a 5-2 win Jan. 13, 2011, against Vancouver.
The giant margin allowed the Bruins to sit back, clog the neutral zone and play their patented defensive game.
Milan Lucic said the key heading back home to Boston is to not get ahead of themselves.
"You can't take it for granted. You can't get complacent. You can't be satisfied with what you've done," Lucic said. "It's a big two wins. But it's just two wins. There's still a long way to go. They have more than enough character in that room to fight their way back. As every game goes along in this playoffs it gets bigger and bigger."
Jenn Menendez: email@example.com and Twitter @JennMenendez.