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Fleury Steps Up Again

Saturday, April 15, 2017


The Pittsburgh Penguins resisted the temptation to trade Marc-Andre Fleury before the deadline and that's ended up paying off in a big way so far in the playoffs.  Matt Murray was supposed to be the Penguins' starter, but he's been unavailable so far due to a lower-body injury.  Fleury's filled the void seamlessly though and is the key factor in Pittsburgh's 2-0 series lead.


You have to wonder if the Penguins would start Murray in Game 3 even if he's healthy or if they'll continue to ride Fleury as long as he's getting results.

 
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CANADIENS 4 RANGERS 3 (Overtime)

Series tied at 1-1

 

Henrik Lundqvist faced 58 shots in this one and turned aside 54 of them.  He dealt with a staggering 18 shots in each of the second and third periods.  Montreal tied or outshot the Rangers in every frame of this contest.

 

Carey Price kicked out 35 of 38 Rangers shots.  This was his 24th career playoff win in 56 contests.

 

Alexander Radulov came up big for the Canadiens with the overtime winner and two assists.  He was hot going into this series with three goals and six points in his final six regular season contests.

 

Tomas Plekanec scored a goal and registered an assist for Montreal.  He has 16 markers and 48 points in 83 career playoff contests.

 

Jeff Petry and Paul Byron netted Montreal's other two goals.  For the 27-year-old Byron it was his first career playoff marker.

 

Michael Grabner, Mats Zuccarello, and Rick Nash each found the back of the net for the Rangers.  New York had a 3-2 lead going into the third frame, but they couldn't hang onto it.

 

Rookie Jimmy Vesey registered an assist for New York.  It was his first career postseason point.

 

PENGUINS 4 BLUE JACKETS 1

Pittsburgh leads series 2-0

 

With Matt Murray injured, Marc-Andre Fleury continued to shine by stopping 39 of 40 shots.  He has a 1.00 GAA and .972 save percentage in two starts in this series.

 

Sidney Crosby found the back of the net and registered two assists.  He now ranks 35th on the all-time playoff points list with 140 in 126 games.  He's just ahead of Jacques Lemaire (139 career points) and three shy of Ron Francis.

 

Jake Guentzel scored a goal and registered an assist.  In contrast to Crosby, the 22-year-old Guentzel was playing in his second playoff contest.

 

Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist each scored in the third period to extend Pittsburgh's lead.  For Malkin it was his 49th goal and 132nd point in 126 career playoff games.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three of those goals on 31 shots.  He has a 3.10 GAA and .900 save percentage in this series.

 

Brandon Saad netted the Blue Jackets' only goal.  He had 24 goals and 53 points in 82 regular season contests.

 

BLUES 2 WILD 1

St. Louis leads series 2-0

 

Jaden Schwartz netted the game-winning goal last night.  It was his seventh goal and 23rd point in 40 career playoff contests.

 

Defenseman Joel Edmundson, who scored the winner in Game 1, found the back of the net again on Friday.  He only had three goals in 69 regular season contests.

 

Zach Parise accounted for the Wild's goal, which he scored with the man advantage.  He's scored in both of this series' games.

 

Unfortunately for Minnesota, Parise is the only Wild player to have beaten goaltender Jake Allen so far in the first round.  Allen turned aside 23 of 24 Minnesota shots in Game 2.  He has a 0.87 GAA and .974 save percentage in the 2017 playoffs.

 

Devan Dubnyk stopped 20 of 22 Blues shots.  This is the second time in a row he's lost despite allowing just two goals.

 

OILERS 2 SHARKS 0

Series tied at 1-1

 

Cam Talbot only needed to make 16 saves to earn the shutout.  St. Louis never recorded more than six shots in a single period.

 

Tomas Hertl led the Sharks in SOG with three.  He had an assist and seven shots in Game 1.

 

Martin Jones kicked out 34 of 36 Oilers shots.  That gives him a 1.95 GAA and .927 save percentage in the series.

 

Not only was San Jose 0-for-6 on the power play on Friday, having fired just five total shots during their opportunities with the man advantage, but they surrendered two shorthanded goals.

 

Zack Kassian scored the first of Edmonton's shorthanded markers and it doubled as the game-winning goal.  It was his first career playoff goal in 10 games.

 

Connor McDavid netted the Oilers' other shorthanded marker.  He also registered an assist in Game 1.



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