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

Pittsburgh has advantages vs. Blue Jackets

Pittsburgh has advantages vs. Blue Jackets

Perhaps that's why the naturally even-keeled Crosby kept it close to the vest as his Pittsburgh Penguins begin the quest of defending their Stanley Cup championship in Wednesday's Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series versus the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Penguins' starting goalie Matt Murray was injured in warmups and the Pens had to dust off an old friend, Marc-Andre Fleury, for the start. He could have retired last summer with his name on the Cup for a second time but chose to give it one more shot, confident the Penguins had what it takes to make another run.

Murray, who was expected to start Game 1, suffered an injury with about eight minutes to go in Wednesday's warmup.

"That fact that we have (Fleury) and Matt is a comfort level", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.

There's a good chance that Kyle Quincey will be a healthy scratch again in Game 2.

Above, we have highlights from the game via YouTube User SAP's Highlights.

The 29-year-old is coming off an impressive 2016 Stanley Cup-winning run with the Penguins where he scored 10 goals and 12 assists in 24 games.

Why Could the Columbus Blue Jackets win this series?

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"We need to try to stay out of the box", Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said.

After overwhelming the Penguins at the start, Columbus managed just 16 shots over the final two periods and never really came close to threatening as a matchup between the teams that finished with the second and fourth best records in the National Hockey League looked one-sided.

"It feels good inside", he said. "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". With goaltenders, especially in this unique situation where the Penguins have two legitimate starters, it's best to ride the hot hand as long as you can.

Before Wednesday night, Evgeni Malkin hadn't set foot on the ice for a game since March 15 (that's the final 13 games of the regular season, if you're counting) with an upper-body injury (shoulder?), but he made quite the statement in his return.

"I don't know if that's experience or not, or commitment, or whatever it was, but maybe it played a little role in there and it'll need to going forward", San Jose captain Joe Pavelski said".

The Blue Jackets netted their only goal of the game on a Pittsburgh turnover in its own zone. "He wants to win every game and score every game".

Penguins' Bryan Rust skates against the Calgary Flames in Pittsburgh in February. If Brandon Dubinsky is getting away with slashing, cross checking and the outright maiming of Crosby, and the Penguins aren't getting power plays, it may be tough.

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