The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their winning ways with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 23 saves on 25 shots, is now 5-for-5 when hosting a Game 1 of a playoff series.
Miroslav Satan scored the first goal of the game 9:17 into the first period to draw first blood. A minute-and-a-half later, Evgeni Malkin increased the lead to two with his seventh goal of the postseason. After one period, the Penguins led 2-0.
Chad LaRose halved the lead with his third goal of the playoffs with seven minutes left in the second period. After two, Pittsburgh led 2-1.
Philippe Boucher netted a power play marker that restored Pittsburgh’s 2-goal lead. Joe Corvo made it a game, however, when he scored a power play goal of his own with 1:26 left in the game. However, it wasn’t enough as Carolina has lost its third consecutive Game 1 in this postseason.
Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are now the only players with 20+ points in this year’s playoffs. Malkin has 21 while Crosby has 22.