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It takes time to build the intensity we see in overtime of Game 7.
Monday night's stunning comeback by the Boston Bruins is a game that will go down in history.
By comparison, Tuesday night's contests were relatively tame.
Pittsburgh got off to an early lead, but Ottawa answered back quickly to tie the game at 1-1. By the late stages of the first period, Evgeni Malkin had given the Penguins a 2-1 lead, and they never looked back, cruising to a relatively easy 4-1 victory.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings had the luxury of hosting the first game of their series at the Staples Center for the first time ever. The last time they'd had home-ice advantage was back at the old Forum in 1992—16 series ago.
Home-ice jitters weren't a factor, though. Los Angeles continued the streak it began in last year's playoffs, scoring two goals to put the San Jose Sharks on their heels, then defending their way to a win.
In both cases, it wasn't especially pretty, but it was very efficient. Three more to go.