Pens G Murray a late scratch for Game 1

Ross Houston
April 15, 2017

Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) shoots the puck behind Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) for a goal during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus B.

Fleury learned Murray's calm techinques and made 31 saves, in a 3 to 1 victory.

Although the shots on goal were lopsided, the period ended with neither team scoring mostly because of Columbus' inability to create second-chance opportunities. Werenski led the team with six shots on goal, and Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella showed how much he trusts the kid by giving him more than 25 minutes of ice time. Penguins played good defensive structure all game long.

I mentioned in my series preview that Pittsburgh is a little more top heavy than they were previous year.

After Saad beat Fleury from the left circle at 7:00 of the second period, Guentzel and Crosby executed a two-on-one break with precision, Guentzel using his quick release to score his sixth goal in seven games counting the regular season. I think we're just trying to read off each other. The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games, 50-20 in their last 70 games playing on 1 days rest and 57-18 in their last 75 home games. "After, we played our game".

The Penguins held on to Fleury at the trade deadline, keenly aware that the time may come when they would need him to coax a little more magic out of his No. 29 sweater. Scored a goal, too. Now, this is absolutely foolish, you're in the playoffs, you have a solid number one since Marc-Andre Fleury has been shaky all year and the first thing you do is pull some fancy dangle and force your cold goalie to make a save on it?

Assuming the blood didn't run into his eyes, he was able to see the Pens hang on for a 3-1 win.

Phil Kessel's goal drought is officially outdated. Hard to argue with any of it, especially the last part given the rock 'em, sock 'em approach many Penguins expected from Columbus in this one. "Something to build on for Game 2".

What a coincidence; the Blue Jackets feel the same way. He has a 53-45 career record with a.906 save percentage in the postseason.

His club-record 102nd playoff appearance looked an terrible lot like his 101st, when he held the Blue Jackets in check during an early push then waited for NHL's best offense to find its footing.

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