NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
The Pens showed some good signs and some bad signs in Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but the real key is that they came out of the game with a 1-0 series lead.
You could see it in the early moments of game one with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Pens were tight and their play showed it. The weight of fans expecting a deep Stanley Cup run every year is something the players are aware of, and they aren’t afraid to admit it.
Much like the fan base that has grown tired of meaningless games while waiting for the playoffs to being, Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen told Starkey and Mueller that he’s ready for games that actually mean something.
Bob Pompeani looked ahead to the Stanley Cup playoffs with Kevin Allen of USA Today.
With an overtime goal by Brooks Orpik in Game 6, the Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010.