Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Joel Edmundson scored for St. Louis at 17:48 of overtime, Jake Allen made a career-high 51 saves and the Blues sneaked into Minnesota to steal Game 1 of their first-round series from the Wild with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 107 goals on 1,181 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 111 goals on 1,450 shots.
The Blue Jackets lost 3-1 in Game 1 on Wednesday. Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert, for instance, needed 36 stitches after getting hit in the forehead by a slap shot in November. While winning a playoff game or two in the last matchup may have been enough for Columbus, this time around they are out to prove their regular season was no fluke.
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 risky reaction.
The Penguins, meanwhile, have taken advantage of the power play opportunities they have been given this year, registering the third most efficient power play in the league this season. Fleury stopped them all, and when Pittsburgh finally got it going in the second period, the Blue Jackets couldn't keep pace.
The Penguins, who also won in 2009 to go along with two Cups in the early '90s, are trying to become the NHL's first repeat champion since Detroit in 1997 and '98. Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) skates around Columbus Blue Jackets' William Karlsson (25) during the first period in Game one of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Sure, many fans were shocked when his name never got called, but I bet those same fans are thanking their lucky stars he's still in the Steel City saving their team from what could've been a massive disaster Thursday night. When I saw that aforestated fear soak my Twitter timeline before puck drop, I wanted to take every person by the shoulders and scream, "WE HAVE "FLOWER, ' THE BEST GOD DAMN BACKUP IN THE NHL".
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To further break down his goals, nine of them have come on the power play while eight of them have been game winners. Fortunately for Marchand, the Bruins went on to win 4-0 without him, clinching their first playoff berth since 2014.
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#3. The Sharks have more experience in the playoffs and it showed against Edmonton as the game wore on last night.
At the start of the year, the Columbus Blue Jackets had high hopes. After several hard years in the middle of his career, Fleury was as on top of his game in 2015-16 as he had been in years, posting an outstanding.921 SP and 2.29 goals-against average in almost 60 games. All three of the Penguins' goals came in the second period, and the team out-shot Columbus 16-4 in the period. "It was good to see some go in".
Pittsburgh leads series 2-0.
After spending much of their time in the offensive zone on the perimeter, the Blue Jackets want to get to the risky areas of the ice more frequently.
"Our guys did a great job covering the middle of the ice, keeping it to the outside and blocking some shots for me, too", Fleury said.
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