Penguins open Stanley Cup playoffs with win over Flyers

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Claude Giroux actually remembered what they're like. Through 83 regular season contests, 48 of the team's games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just two have pushed.

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NOTES: Murray hasn't allowed a goal since Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup finals, a span of 206:26.

But Neuvirth says he still has to get up to speed to play.

"But if you really want to talk about it, yeah, it would be great to stop their little streak. So for us it's just a motivation".

Not only did the Flyers go 0-for-4 with the man-advantage, it didn't even look like they were the ones with the extra player on the ice most of the time.

As has been repeated over and over since it was learned that the Flyers and Penguins would renew their rivalry in the postseason. The Golden Knights exceeded expectations in the regular season, and people are looking to see that in the playoffs. They had to fend off Boston for the top team in the east, but they believe they are best team to win it all this season.

So there are no indications anything can change anytime soon, no?

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs has commenced and the top National Hockey League teams from this season will battle it out to secure a place in the Stanley Cup finals. After acquiring "The Breadman" Artemi Panarin, who led the Jackets with 27 goals and 55 assists, the Jackets hope to get him going against Washington early. Both of these teams were physical all game, with numerous scrums breaking out in front of the net, and the Kings' defense was stout while the Golden Knights' attack was relentless.

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Pittsburgh's goalie Matt Murray made 24 saves and recorded his third straight shutout dating back to the Cup Finals last season against the Nashville Predators.

"It's the playoffs, we're down one game, we need to show up for the next game", Flyers' center Sean Couturier said.

The Boston Bruins will play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a rivalry matchup that includes two original six teams.

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates with the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at Amalie Arena. Sidney Crosby was not their leading scorer this year, but he did have a solid season and he continued that in game one by notching a natural hat-trick. I think we have to go into it with something to prove, play desperate and play hungry.

The Penguins certainly weren't showing any sympathy, let alone mercy on the opening night of their quest for a Cup three-peat.

"It's one of the worst games I've been a part of", Giroux said. It's a different game. "They beat us from pretty much every aspect tonight, starting from the net out". The last time I checked, they got to beat us four times.

"It's just a matter of going back to work and having the confidence that we can definitely be better", Elliott said, adding he felt he had a strong, productive practice Thursday. Going down two games would require them to take down the reigning champions four times in nine days. They played a heck of a game.

I have watched this replay numerous times and still can't really comprehend it. Crosby's tip so nonchalant and at such a weird angle, yet the velocity on the redirect is staggering and it's perfectly placed off the iron and in.

The weight of the Presidents' Trophy crown - awarded to the league's best regular season team - is often heavy, and the Capitals did not perform well under the high expectations. However, although they have been successful, they will be challenged in the first round when they face off against a Los Angeles Kings team that counters all their strengths.

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