It won't be a surprise this time.
Relying on Marc-Andre Fleury isn't the best-case scenario for the Penguins, but he still has the ability to provide Pittsburgh with what they need in the first round against Columbus. Sullivan said Murray remains out but was intentionally vague on a timeframe. That resulted in goalie Marc-Andre Fleury seeing 16 first-period shots, but making 16 relatively simple saves.
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And with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, he made an impressive sequence of saves to keep the Blue Jackets down two. That bond seemed to grow stronger in recent years with players from both franchises popping up at games of the other very frequently. I wanted to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs for most of my childhood.
The most impressive part of that goal is that Kessel never really looks at the net, but instead, he continues to show pass which means Columbus defenseman Scott Harrington has to account for that. "Potato, po-tah-to", he told NHL.com.
There was also an overtime victory for the San Jose Sharks as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 with Melker Karlsson collecting the game-winner three minutes and 22 seconds into the extra period. We're just going to try to go about it.
Fleury doesn't want to change much, either. You always know that it's not possible to have enough goaltending.
"It felt like it's been awhile", Fleury said. "But that was one game".
"We were playing Aston and they had a goalie who was listed in their starting lineup, and then in their off-ice warmups, he accidentally got hit in the eye and scratched his cornea".
"We have to get inside", Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said after practice Thursday.
The Penguins are expecting a push-back from Columbus. Columbus hogged the puck during the first period but was unable to create the kind of traffic in front of Fleury that could produce a goal. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost five of their last eight games when allowing three or less goals. "You start the series on the road".
Game 1: Maple Leafs at Capitals - Is this the year the Washington Capitals finally get over the hump? "There's no reason to panic". The second period was all Penguins but in the third, as expected when trailing at that point, Columbus was throwing everything at the net.
But all's well that ends well because Fleury was spectacular in a backup role that can't be easy for a guy who would be the starter on plenty of other teams.