The Pittsburgh Penguins went into game 1 against the New York Islanders without Sidney Crosby or Brooks Orpik and managed to come out with a 5-0 win.
Beau Bennett opened up the scoring, scoring a power play goal. He was the first rookie to score the opening goal of the playoffs since Jordan Staal did against Ottawa in 2007.
Pascal Dupuis scored his first of 2 after that, and the Pens took the 2-0 lead into the second.
Kris Letang scored the third goal early into the second period, and less than a minute later, Pascal Dupuis scored again.
Tanner Glass sealed the deal by scoring the fifth goal. Yes, Tanner Glass.
Marc-Andre Fleury got the first shutout of the playoffs, and the 6th shutout of his playoff career, tying Tom Barrasso for the team record.
It wasn’t all fun though. James Neal took a hit and a slash from Travis Hamonic, played one more shift, than didn’t return for part of the second and the whole third period. Then near the end of the game, Jussi Jokinen was hit my Marty Reasoner. He left the game, but with only a few minutes left, it isn’t clear what the extent of the injury is.
This was a great effort, but let’s not get overly cocky. We need to win 3 more to make it to the next round.
The next game is on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00PM. Let’s Go Pens!