Apr 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) scores a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period in game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

What We Learned: Night 1 Of the Stanley Cup Playoffs


As the Stanley Cup Playoffs progress, we are going to see several trends and stories play out in each series. In “What We Learned” we will take a look at the previous night’s games and discuss how each game affects the overall series.

  • Marc-Andre Fleury had a rough start, with the Columbus Blue Jackets jumping out to a 3-1 lead, but he was quickly rescued by the Pittsburgh Penguins offense / deadly power play. After that he seemed confident in goal and finished the night with a .912 Sv%. Whether that will be good enough for the remainder of this series and the Stanley Cup Playoffs remains to be seen, but the Penguins have to feel a little bit more confident about their goal tending situation this morning.
  • The Montreal Canadiens out shot the Tampa Bay Lightning 44-25, but when you have Steven Stamkos taking things into his own hands, it doesn’t matter what the shot total is. Stamkos scored twice for the Lightning at critical times to keep them in the game against Montreal. The Lightning will need to get the rest of the offense going and generate more shots. Both teams defenses could play a bit better.
  • The headlines are giving the Pittsburgh Penguins praise for coming back from a two goal deficit, but the Columbus Blue Jackets assisted heavily in that. After opening a 3-1 lead off a Derek MacKenzie short handed goal, the Blue Jackets quickly surrendered a power play goal, followed by another penalty and a Pittsburgh power play goal. Columbus needs to continue their chippy, hard hitting play, but they need to stay out of the box.
  • Opening night had its share of blood spilled as well. Pittsburgh Penguins Beau Bennett welcomed Ryan Murray of the Blue Jackets to the NHL post season with a hard check that left the defenseman with a pretty bad nosebleed. Murray toughed it out, stuffed some plugs in his nose and went out for his next shift. In the final 16 seconds of the Anaheim Ducks / Dallas Stars game, Ryan Getzlaf took a Tyler Seguin slapshot to the face. Getzlaf immediately went to the locker room for stitches and it appears he will be okay.

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  • Pivot

    The Jackets certainly fell on their own sword. Had they stopped the Pens on their ensuing PP and not take that other Penalty. That is a different game. They played a tight checking game but I thought they looked tentative all night. When they played the Rangers a few weeks ago they looked like the 11/12 Rangers. Hitting everything in sight. Had they beaten up the Pens that way. They’d have won that game. That is how they need to play to get a split of the two games at Console Energy Center. They also need Horton to be a force.

    • Mike Majeski

      Agreed! While Nathan Horton was absent for the majority of the regular season, his playoff experience could really be used right now.