Penguins open Stanley Cup playoffs with win over Flyers

NHL 2017 Stanley Cup Final- Penguins Predators Hockey Nashville USA- 11 Jun 2017

"You got to go to the net this time of year and that's usually go where pucks are".

Additionally, the Flyers power play was terrible.

"It was just a commitment to defend and play the right way", Sullivan said. For all of their dominance on Wednesday night, it still only counts as one. Make that 0-5 on the year as Pittsburgh took a 1-0 series lead with a 7-0 victory on Wednesday. They fueled an already raucous crowd with three first period goals and went on to defeat the Flyers 7-0 in Game 1 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series at PPG Paints Arena. I think we have to go into it with something to prove, play desperate and play hungry. Coach Dave Hakstol publicly endorsed sending Elliott back out for Game 2 in the immediate aftermath despite giving up five goals on 19 shots before getting pulled.

Hakstoll also mentioned the team's play as a reason for Elliott's struggles.

Philadelphia returned to the playoffs this spring thanks in part to its resilience.

Still, he was confident enough about the Flyers bouncing back that he was willing to predict a win in Game 2. "A close loss feels the same as a lopsided one".

"If somebody told me at the beginning of the year that the Knights game would be very comparable to the handle that we see for the National Football League games, I probably would have just died laughing. You have to get better with each game regardless of the score".

Another loss would put Philadelphia in a perilous spot going home.

Hey Flyers fans, back up from the ledge of the Walt Whitman Bridge. They missed all 24 shots that they attempted in the game. Good luck with that. Not outstanding numbers, but in front of a so-so defense it isn't bad and any goalie can have a poor outing against the Penguins. The game was at least supposed to be respectable. "You can probably apply that to a lot of our game". If the Jets can do it twice in three days, they'll have firm control against sloppy Minnesota.

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Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 18 of 20 in his first taste of playoff action while Mark Scheifele netted his first postseason goal in the first period.

"You can't go out in practice and work on everything". Expect more of a game this time around, but the Penguins just have the Flyers' number. "Believe me, the sports books, some of them might have gotten killed", Denny Sobo, a frequent Golden Knights bettor said. "But it was a pretty even game after that". Murray stopped both shots and the good defensive play soon translated into a 4-0 Pittsburgh lead when Guentzel connected on the power play. Having a crammed and raucous Bell MTS Place certainly helped. Matt Murray has been awesome in the NHL's 2nd season in his career as he is now 23-9 with a 1.89 GAA in the postseason after winning game one of this series 7-0.

All-Star Game - By the third period, this looked more like an All-Star Game than a playoff game.

Game 2 at Pittsburgh: Fri., April 13, 7 p.m.

The other headline opening series in the West features the surprise of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights.

"I'm not ready to say anything about lineups", Hakstol said.

Washington head coach Barry Trotz admitted the decision to start Grubauer wasn't an easy one, but the German is deserving of the honor, per Chase Pyke of WashingtonCaps.com.

The Kings outhit Vegas 68-59, though some Los Angeles players scoffed at the notion Game 1 was an overly physical.

I have watched this replay numerous times and still can't really comprehend it. Crosby's tip so nonchalant and at such a weird angle, yet the velocity on the redirect is staggering and it's perfectly placed off the iron and in.

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