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According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager, the Penguins are -190 money line favorites to beat the Flyers, who now are +165 underdogs to pull off a Game 1 upset.

"I think everybody in the media says we're the underdogs", Flyers rookie center Nolan Patrick said before the series started, "but no one in our room really thinks that".

It would be unfair to pin all of the blame for the Game 1 loss on goalies Brian Elliott and Petr Mrazek because the Flyers ... well ... they weren't good.

15 - Times Claude Giroux of Philadelphia had at least two assists in a game this season.

Kris Letang threw a shot on goal from a distance that was blockered away by Elliott back into the slot. Some of the goals were a bit out of his control.

Sheary slid a pass from the left circle to Derick Brassard in the right circle, who fed Guentzel all alone at the left post for a 4-0 lead at 7:50 of the second period.

For the third time this season, Sidney Crosby batted a puck out of mid-air to score a highlight-reel goal. Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin and Evgeni Malkin each scored in the opening period.

Six years later, it would be foolish to expect the same sort of goonery, but don't be surprised if the Pens and Flyers engage in another constantly entertaining, offense-friendly battle.

It is a vicious cycle that keeps repeating itself every single year. A brutal month of October was followed by him being one of the bright spots for the team in November and December, before his play dropped off significantly in January and early February.

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He also faces a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years on the charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Instead of paying Johnson what he was owed, prosecutors say Johnson was shot and killed.

"Since we launched our live TV package, we've seen live sports drive a very large part of our growth, so we are especially excited to team up with the National Hockey League to celebrate the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs - an event we know our viewers will be watching", said Patrizio Spagnoletto, Hulu's head of media and subscriber growth.

Quite a change in competition.

16 - Game-winning playoff goals for Toronto forward Patrick Marleau. "They could have beat us in overtime tonight and they beat us 7-0, and it's the same thing". The Avalanche and Devils had two of the worst records in the 2016-2017 season but both made the playoffs this year and are aiming to hoist the Stanley Cup by the time June rolls around.

They will nearly certainly start Petr Mrazek in Game 2, but he's hardly the only solution for the Flyers.

That chased Elliott from the game.

Vegas is going to finish first in the pacific division this season. said no one in the whole world. If Thornton can return at any point for this team during the playoffs, then that would be another huge boost.

We pretty much got what we expected. "Guys were excited and anxious to get going, but their best players were better than ours and we just have to be better".

The other reason to potentially stick with Elliott: The alternative may not be any better. Two points in the standings was the difference in the Penguins having home-ice advantage and it could be the difference-maker in the series. With the playoffs being a different playing scenario, Holtby probably is the better option to start over Grubauer even with Holtby's struggles after the all-star break.

The Penguins were the first to win back-to-back championships since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Crosby ended the season with points in eight of his last nine games, posting 12 points (6g-6a) in that stretch. They're also one of the best faceoff teams in the National Hockey League, giving them an advantage on set plays. Enter Crosby, who reached out and swatted it like a tennis player sending a two-handed backhand down the line.

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