We learned a lot of things about the NHL on Saturday. In case you missed it, the two conference finals began in earnest with a lot of truculence and rule-breaking. They've made it this far, so you'd expect these teams to understand hockey. Alas.
... and travel, I guess? Kyle Clifford of the Kings tried to, um, drive the hoop or something:
The refs reminded him traveling is not cool, and running backs are for football. He took a two-minute minor penalty for closing his hand on the puck.
Meanwhile, Hawks rookie Brandon Saad discovered that you can't cut corners around the net:
The only goal in the first period came on one of the Kings' two "shots," though this was hardly a shot by Justin Williams:
Then Marian Hossa pulled off this fantastic deflection of Duncan Keith's shot from the point:
The tone in Pittsburgh was set early. How early? 45 seconds.
The rest of Pittsburgh's defensemen didn't fare much better. Nor did Tomas Vokoun's five-hole.
That wasn't the only time David Krejci would make an impact. Boy, we're just full of foreshadowing here.
Overall, Vokoun was okay for the most part. His best series of saves managed to frustrate Jaromir Jagr. No small feat.
Pittsburgh struggled to find an identity all night. The Bruins refused to play a run-and-gun game with them, so the Penguins started playing more physical than usual. Which is a bad thing when you have Matt Cooke on your team.
Hey, did you guys know checking from behind is illegal? Me too.
Matt Cooke is a slow learner, apparently.
Not to be outdone, the Bruins' resident pest took out James Neal.
And then things exploded.
And that was about all she wrote for Pittsburgh. Their Norris Trophy nominee interfered with their own goalie, leading to a David Krejci goal in the third.
And Nathan Horton made it 3-0 soon after.
This is the last time we'll have multiple games on the same night for a long time. Considering how awesome Saturday night was, I totally understand if your hockey heart breaks hearing that.