Sport Penguins' Fleury to stay in net for Game 2 vs. Blue Jackets

21:35  13 april  2017
21:35  13 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets

  Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won't matter when the puck drops on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have twice as many Stanley Cups (four) as the Blue Jackets have postseason wins (two)? Sure, it looks nice in a trophy case, but those things are designed to celebrate the past.

Series Preview: How the Goaltenders Match Up in Blue Jackets vs . Penguins . After just 13 NHL regular-season starts, Murray took over the net with Fleury injured last postseason and put up a 2 .08 GAA and .923 save percentage on the way to the team's Cup win.

The Pittsburgh Penguins take Game 1 with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets . 3rd period. Game seems to settle down a bit, Pens just trying to keep it moving and get out of here. Fleury goes behind the net (and when has anything good happened from that) and the Pens can't get it out of the


PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury will remain in net for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their playoff series against Columbus while Matt Murray deals with a lower-body injury.

Murray was scheduled to start Game 1 but left after suffering a lower-body injury in warm-ups. Fleury came on and made 31 saves as the Penguins cruised to a 3-1 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan offered no public update of Murray's status on Thursday, saying only there's no timetable for Murray's return.

Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1

  Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1 Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in a surprise start in place of injured Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defense with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. BOX SCORE: PENGUINS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1Murray was scheduled to get the nod in the playoff opener but was a late scratch after suffering a lower-body injury during warm-ups. Fleury withstood an early push by Columbus, and the Penguins responded by pulling away from the untested Blue Jackets.Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh.

That doesn't seem the injury to heal up in 48 hours so it's probably wise to operate under the assumption that the net belongs to Marc-Andre Fleury for at least the time-being. Penguins / Blue Jackets Game 1 Recap: Pittsburgh uses big 2 nd period to win 3-1.

USA Blue Jackets vs . Penguins Game 1 Hockey 6:30pm CT. Even though the Penguins ended up winning by two goals this was far from a cakewalk game for Fleury and the Penguins , especially early on.

Murray helped Pittsburgh to the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup as a rookie last spring and had taken over the No. 1 spot from Fleury this season.

Fleury's appearance on Friday will be his 102nd in the playoffs, a franchise record for a goaltender.

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Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't scheduled to make any playoff starts for the Pittsburgh Penguins this year. Expected to serve as backup to Matt Murray, who backstopped the team to a Stanley Cup win in 2016, Fleury was pressed into action against the Columbus Blue Jackets when the incumbent fell prey to injury prior to the start of the postseason.

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