"They were ticked off, which is what you want them to be", coach Bruce Boudreau said.
"What can you say about his character and his compete level just to step in and be as good as he was", Sullivan said afterward. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 44 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 39 assists and Phil Kessel has 229 shots on goal.
The talk was only momentarily hushed by a parade that ended at the intersection of the Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street.
Phil Kessel struggled down the stretch run of the regular season.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) stops a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell (43) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
After the trade deadline passed, Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford offered an explanation. That bond seemed to grow stronger in recent years with players from both franchises popping up at games of the other very frequently. "When there's a puck in front or below the net, we kind of collapse our coverage and make sure that nothing gets around (Marc-Andre Fleury) and nothing gets loose". The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays.
"We had 50 wins this year", Calvert said. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 35 goals, Nick Foligno has 25 assists and Brandon Saad has 210 shots on goal.
For me, I obviously traded my skates for a camera and kept hope alive that I would at some point still be involved in the National Hockey League. just in a very different, documentary way. Watching him and that release is a thing of beauty and great to get it going in game 1 of the playoffs.
Frank Vatrano added a goal for Boston in his first playoff game, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.
Fired up by 1960s pop star Ginette Reno's national anthem, the Canadiens were all over NY in the opening period, but the Rangers struck first at 9:50. Mental preparation or not, Fleury stopped them all. "It was fun. It's been a while". If it was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, then maybe, I'd understand his decision-making.
But I wanted a second opinion.
"Some stressful moments during the season", Fleury said. In fact, Marotte and Fleury have practiced together a few times in their home province of Quebec under a mutual goalie coach. I mean, we used our speed.
"Having to flip the switch like he did last night was really impressive". Half of Fleury's workload was complete by the end of the first period.
"(Columbus) must have been upset after that first period. Because you're gonna lose someone important 10 times out of 10.
What about on the other side?
MONTREAL - Tanner Glass scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to help NY beat Montreal 2-0 in Game 1 of their first-round series.
So who is his favorite to win the Stanley Cup?
"We've got to make it hard on Fleury with trying to generate some rebounds", Dubinsky said.
Murray was injured in warm-ups before the game last night with what is being listed as a lower body injury.