The Pittsburgh Penguins took home a 3-1 regulation victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday evening. He may just have one last great playoff run in him and that will be a welcome sight for Penguins fans. I still think this is an odd procedure, but whatever, it worked.
That must change Friday, when Fleury will again start with goalie Matt Murray recovering from a lower-body injury sustained in warmups Wednesday. I think that is coming from a sector of the hockey community that hasn't watch our games and just generalizes us based on John Tortorella's past.
The late switch didn't affect anything as the Penguins won 3-1 and Fleury stopped 31 of 32 shots, including all 16 he faced in the first period. Taking Game 1 in Montreal puts the heat on the Canadiens.
It was the first playoff game in the Oilers' new downtown arena and the team's first National Hockey League post-season game in nearly 11 years. That is if they came out a little flat.
Columbus out shot the Penguins 16-3 in the first period, and dominated them in total attempts by a tally of 23-7. He did that at 12:41 of the third period, and it resulted in a goal for Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert. Technically, that's what happened last spring and we all know how that worked out.
For at least one more night, Fleury was on top of his game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins welcomed the Columbus Blue Jackets to PPG Paints Arena with open arms, and plenty of open ice.
"That's the way they play".
As that Rangers series went on, Malkin continued to progress, notching points in every game, including two goals and two assists in Game 4.
Raise your hand if you were down on Nick Bonino for 9/10ths of the season. I am still unclear as to why Carlsson was even in this game. Remember when Mike Sullivan had to answer questions as to whether or not Bryan Rust's injury in February-I honestly lost track of all his injuries this season-was of the season-ending variety? The possession is there, they now need to turn it into goals.
One of the strongest narratives that emerged last night was that the Pens are just faster and more skilled than Columbus and our teams only hope of winning was to "goon" it up and hope to get lucky.
The Minnesota Wild couldn't have produced a more relentless attack against St. Louis in Game 1, only to have goalie Jake Allen deny them again and again during a 2-1 overtime victory by the Blues, but feeling defeated after a series opener would be the most unsafe reaction.