Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1

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One of those pits the Columbus Blue Jackets against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Blue Jackets are 13-3 in their last 16 Friday games, 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. Fleury withstood an early push by Columbus, and the Penguins responded by pulling away from the untested Blue Jackets.

That shot was on full display Wednesday night. So, his team had a two-goal lead, and he still wouldn't leave. The Pittsburgh Penguins have flexed their muscle all year at home and have the playoff experience to find a way.

"He's a special player". "We know what to expect now, and we're going to chase this".

The problem Crosby and the Penguins may run into the most during this series is the Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

Yzerman is bullish on the Penguins, who put together the league's second-best record despite a mishmash of injuries along the blue line and Evgeni Malkin's extended absence late in the season. Matt Murray remains out with a lower-body injury. "That's huge for us he's back, just with his ability on the ice and what he does on the back end", captain Nick Foligno said of the 19-year-old offensive-minded defenseman, who rejoined Seth Jones on the first pair Tuesday.

If Fleury continues this level of play, Sullivan will be hard pressed to remove him from the crease in favor of Murray upon his return.

"Three weeks is a long time".

On Friday night, Lundqvist and Fleury - they of the combined 228 career playoff appearances - can give their teams 2-0 leads in their respective series if they can summon a bit of the old magic once again. It's not easy. What can you do? "Other than that I was trying to think about those game situations in practice when they come along, just trying to be a little more sharp in those ones". He was brilliant, and the Penguins eventually found their scoring touch despite being shaky in a lot of other aspects of the game. "Control the puck, take a couple hits and be ready to play". The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost five of their last eight games when allowing three or less goals.

National Hockey League playoff fever has taken over. Jason Mackey of the Post Gazette wrote an article about this conversation and quoted Sullivan on Bowman. "I think they'd be happy with getting one (of the first two in Pittsburgh)". I had a long conversation this summer with Scotty about how to repeat and some of his insights.

Question:My wife and I are always fighting and we can see that it is hurting the kids. Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) collides with 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.

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