Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1

Pittsburgh has advantages vs. Blue Jackets

The Pittsburgh Penguins will go back to Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 2 of their first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night. Matt Murray injuried his lower body during warm ups and Marc-Andre Fleury got the surprise start in net.

"We have a good group that's back from past year and we have an opportunity just like everyone else", said Crosby, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last season en route to helping the franchise secure its fourth Stanley Cup and positioned the club for another run this time around by recording his second career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy with a league-best 44 goals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't even make it onto the ice for the puck drop in Game 1 before the injury bug that has hurt the team all season struck once again. Game 2 is Friday Night.

"It really doesn't change our game plan or what we're trying to accomplish in front of him", Sullivan said of having either goalie in net.

Points, McDavid (Edmonton), 100; Goals, Crosby (Pittsburgh), 44; Power-play goals, Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Brayden Schenn (Philadelphia), Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay), 17; Game-winning goals, Rickard Rakell (Los Angeles), 10; Goalies wins, Holtby (Washington), Bobrovsky, 41 (Columbus). Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino (13) celebrates his goal with Patric Hornqvist (72) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

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"We need to try to stay out of the box", Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. Penguins played good defensive structure all game long.

Frank Vatrano added a goal for Boston in his first playoff game, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.

"I think there was a two-week period there that was a little bit stressful, not knowing what was going to happen", Fleury said. Blues coach Mike Yeo said the reality of that strategy means the Wild's shots-on-goal numbers "will be inflated every game", after acknowledging his team played "too safe" on Wednesday night. "I was a little nervous at the beginning maybe from not expecting it". Let's take a look at what each team has benefiting them to start this series. They comfortably controlled possession in this game and had nothing to show for it. He did not practice Thursday afternoon. Both played more than 1,500 minutes at 5-on-5 during the regular season, but Murray was better in save percentage by a margin of.934 to.917. "We've got to learn how to put it behind us and move onto the next shift".

Kessel's power-play goal 2:30 later gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.

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