The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs opened with a Game 1 from each conference Tuesday, and the home teams won comfortably in each.
Pittsburgh started Game 1 like they finished Game 6 against the New York Islanders: relentlessly attacking the net. Sidney Crosby had about four scoring chances two seconds into the game, and that's not even THAT much of an exaggeration. The strong start out of the gates resulted in a power play goal for Paul Martin.
But the Senators gathered themselves and began counterattacking. If we learned anything from the Penguins in the first round, it's that their goaltenders are prone to some really strange goals against. So just throw the puck at the net and see what happens.
And just like that, the "HAHA PENGUINS GOALTENDING" jokes came pouring in. But that was the only time Tomas Vokoun let his initial shakiness get the better of him. He was generally solid the rest of the game.
And so were the Penguins on the other end of the ice.
That was a GIF of Evgeni Malkin left open on the doorstep. And this is a GIF of Paul MacLean starting to close up shop for the night.
Really, the only way the Senators were going to slow down the Penguins was to get a little nasty with them. Cory Conacher realized this early on, and tried to get inside his opponents' heads all game long.
But Brooks Orpik, seen jousting with Conacher in that first GIF, was pretty active last night. Come near him, and you paid for it. Eric Gryba leaned that the hard way, leaving the game with an upper body injury after this collision:
Then Chris Neil felt the, ah ...
That, uh ... that ... let's just move on.
For all of their scrappiness, the Senators couldn't catch up to the Penguins on the scoreboard. Even when they were on the power play. Pascal Dupuis had this shorthanded two-on-one with Matt Cooke, and chose the best option when on a two-on-one with Matt Cooke:
And that just about finished things off for the Penguins in their 4-1 victory.
Then Voynov doubled the lead with a shot that deflected in off of Mike Richards.
That was representative of the night, which at times was quite physical ...
... was at times quite fancy (this is Andrew Desjardins dangling around two Kings):
... and at times frankly resembled a kindergarten soccer game:
In both games, the favorites held on to home ice advantage, the Penguins by way of offense, the Kings by way of Quick's goaltending.
Pat Iverson provided the details for the Penguins-Senators portion of this GIF recap.