Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury was the emergency starter in goal Wednesday night when Matt Murray was injured while warming up.
Game 3 is Sunday night in Columbus. The Blue Jackets got off to a hot start, putting eight shots on goal before the Penguins got their first. Pittsburgh scored all three of their goals in the second period and cruised to a key victory. Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel (81) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Two games into their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets, that decision to keep Fleury looks better by the day.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night at Bell Centre.
The challenge the Jackets laid out for themselves after Game One was not just to control the shot battle, but to control the type of shots they took. Crosby turned Pittsburgh's first shot of the game into a 1-0 lead, though he had the easy part: settling the puck at the doorstep then flipping it home.
He made the most saves ever recorded against the Wild in their 16-season history. The Penguins and Blue Jackets will drop the puck for Game 3 at 6 p.m.
Above, we have highlights from the game via YouTube User SAP's Highlights. "Miami Heat fan leave Game Six before the thrilling comeback, but Pittsburgh fan literally stabbed in the head and continues watching the first round of National Hockey League playoffs". We have a deep team.
To win the Stanley Cup, you typically need strong, reliable goaltending throughout the playoffs. He also helped set up goals by Jake Guentzel (2-1) and Evgeni Malkin 3-1.
There was widespread speculation that Fleury would be traded so the Penguins would not lose one of their two top goalies in the Vegas expansion draft this summer. This time of year there's not a lot of time and space but tonight we were able to get a good number of chances.
Though the Penguins were the stronger team for most of the contest, Columbus was better early. "They got some momentum with the second". The Blue Jackets are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. In addition to G Matt Murray, a late scratch, the Penguins scratched D Chad Ruhwedel, D Cameron Gaunce, D Mark Streit, LW Chris Kunitz, LW Tom Sestito, RW Josh Archibald. Once the Blue Jackets go soft or even think about taking their foot off the throttle, the Pens will respond.