It was a very intriguing opening night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
First off, you have the Pittsburgh Penguins blowing a huge 3-0 lead only to see the Philadelphia Flyers storm back to win the game 4-3 in overtime on a game winning goal by Jakub Voracek. Other key performers for the Flyers Wednesday night were Daniel Briere who notched two goals and Brayden Schenn with a goal and two assists. It will be interesting to see how the Penguins rebound from a devastating loss.
In Vancouver, the Canucks had penalty issues all night long, accumulating 27 minutes in penalties, highlighted by a five minute major for boarding by Byron Bitz in the second period. The Kings kept the game close, and with the score 2-2, former Oiler Dustin Penner scored the game winner with 3:14 left. How many times Penner will come to play during the playoffs is anyone’s guess, but he was a factor Wednesday night as he was a recipient of an outstanding Jeff Carter pass with his skate in a 4-2 Kings win.
In Nashville, the Preds were lucky to beat the Red Wings 3-2. The team got two garage goals early–a Paul Gaustad shot from a bad angle that went off of Brad Stuart’s skate and a Matt Halischuk shot near the blueline that was tipped by Gabriel Bourque that handcuffed Jimmy Howard.