The Stanley Cup Playoffs would open in Pittsburgh on Wednesday with the Penguins playing the Columbus Blue Jackets. Marc-Andre Fleury would start in net for the Penguins after Matt Murray left the ice in warm-ups.Sergei Bobrovsky would start for the Blue Jackets. Chad Ruhwedel, Chris Kunitz, Cameron Gaunce, Tom Sestito, Mar Streit, Josh Archibald, and Matt Murray would be the scratches for the Penguins. Kyle Quincey, Ryan Murray, Lauri Korpikoski, Lukas Sedlak, Marcus Nutivaara, and Oscar Dansk would be the scratches for the Blue Jackets.
There would be no scoring in the first period. Olli Maatta would get called for get called for hooking at 17:39. The Blue Jackets would have 16 shots in the 1st to the Penguins 3.
Bryan Rust would score 1:15 into the 2nd to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin would get the assists. Matt Calvert would get called for tripping at 2:58. Phil Kessel would score on the powerplay to make it 2-0. Justin Schultz and Evgeni Malkin would get the assists. Nick Bonino would score at 16:25 to make it 3-0. Patric Hornqvist would get the lone assist. David Savard would get called for roughing at 16:48. The Penguins would have 16 shots in the 2nd to the Blue Jackets 4.
David Savard would get called for interference at 5:46 of the 3rd. Carter Rowney would get called for hooking at 10:04. Matt Calvert would score at 12:41 to make it 3-1. Josh Anderson would get the lone assist. Columbus would have 12 shots to the Penguins 10 in the 3rd.
The Penguins will take a 1 game to none lead in the series. Penguins would go 1 for 3 on the powerplay and kill off both penalties. Marc-Andre Fleury would make 31 saves on 32 shots. Phil Kessel would have a goal and an assist. Nick Bonino and Bryan Rust would each have a goal. Evgeni Malkin would have 2 assists. Patric Hornqvist, Olli Maatta , and Justin Schultz would each have an assist. Game 2 is on Friday on NHL Network.