After scoring just two goals against Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins in last year's Eastern Conference Final, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally broke the seal on Wednesday night, scoring three goals in a tight, close that was as entertaining as it was physical.
Chris Kunitz, Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen scored for the Penguins, with the latter two goals coming late in the third period to break a 1-1 tie. Marc-Andre Fleury came up big late with a couple of big saves as the Bruins were buzzing around the Pittsburgh net in the closing minute.
Meanwhile, in Calgary, the Maple Leafs found a way to win yet another game in which they were badly outshot, holding off the Flames to pick up a 4-2 win.
All the NHL Scores
Penguins 3, Bruins 2
Maple Leafs 4, Flames 2
Red Wings 2, Canucks 1
Kings 4, Sharks 3
On Wednesday, we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. How will Jarome Iginla be received in his return to Pittsburgh?
Penguins fans didn't seem to care all that much that he was back after spending a couple of months in Pittsburgh last season, an experiment that didn't always go entirely as planned. The Penguins snuck in at the last minute and acquired Iginla from the Calgary Flames after it appeared that a trade had been completed with the Boston Bruins. Iginla was a non-factor in the Eastern Conference Finals while the Bruins went on to the Stanley Cup Final. Iginla did score a goal late in the third period to pull the Bruins to within one goal, but that was a close as they would get.
2. Will Pittsburgh's fortunes change from last year?
At first it looked like it was going to be another game that Tuukka Rask dominated, but the Penguins scored more goals on Wednesday than they did in four playoff games last season. So yes, their fortunes did change quite.
3. How will Roberto Luongo perform against the Detroit Red Wings?
Overall he played quite well. He played well enough to get a win, but didn't get any help from the team in front of him. The only real ugly blemish on the night was Tomas Tatar's goal in the second period, which turned out to be the game-winner, as it was a pretty innocent looking wrist shot from out near the blue line that just managed to sneak in through the five-hole. It's possible that Luongo didn't get a good look at it as it was shot through traffic.
4. Will Phil Kessel keep his point-streak going?
The Maple Leafs scored four goals in Calgary but Kessel did not factor into the scoring. He remains at 18 points for the season. Before Wednesday's game he had scored in four straight games, tallying 10 points (seven goals, three assists) over that stretch.
5. How will Dustin Brown perform against the Sharks?
The Kings had the puck quite a bit when Brown was on the ice (and that's a good thing!) and he helped turned that into at least one point, earning an assist on Jarrett Stoll's second period goal.
The one play or moment from Wednesday's games that will be making headlines over the next couple of days
It actually wasn't from any of the games that took place on Wednesday, but Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is day-to-day with an upper body injury. He's been the straw that stirs the drink for the Capitals this season and the one guy (outside of maybe Nicklas Backtrom) that's been there every night for them.
Stat of the Night
Sidney Crosby added yet another point for the Penguins in their win on Wednesday night. Entering their game against Boston he had scored 39 goals to go with 92 assists (that's 131 points) over his previous 82 regular season games, which is incredible. When he's healthy he plays a different sport than everybody else in the league.
Post to Post
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