PENGUINS WIN 7-0!!!
What a great game 1 by the Penguins tonight as they clobbered the Flyers 7-0.
You know what they say, your stars need to be your stars and the Penguins' stars did just that tonight. Sidney Crosby doesn't miss a beat coming off of back-to-back Conn Smythe's and gets a hat trick in his first playoff game tonight, a natural hat trick too and that's his 3rd career playoff hat trick, that ties Mario Lemieux for the most in franchise history. Let's not forget Geno Malkin, he may have only had one goal but he was all over the place tonight, he could've had a hat trick of his own but I'm sure he'll take the win instead. Jake Guentzel with an underrated game, a goal and 3 assists for a 4 point night. He's getting off to a great start as he looks to back up his great rookie playoff run from last year.
One of the best parts about tonight is that the Penguins got 7 goals and NO points by Kessel, imagine when he gets going.
Matt Murray starts the playoffs off with a shutout, that's his 3rd in a row in the playoffs going back to games 5 and 6 of last year against the Predators. Murray stopped all 24 shots he faced and thanks to his save of the game back in the 1st period when the score was still only 1-0, if that goes in we have an ENTIRELY different game but instead the Penguins go the other way and score 6 straight goals. It's timely save like that, you need those in the playoffs and Murray gave them just that tonight.
It was a great win tonight but don't let that convince you that this series is over, this series is far from over and the Flyers will most probably be better in game 2 so just because we won big tonight doesn't mean that the series is over. Still a lot of hockey to be played.
These two teams will be back here Friday night for game 2.
GOALS BY: Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby (3)
MY POTG: Sidney Crosby
Reposted from @nhlpens2
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