Sidney Crosby had his third career postseason hat trick http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-patrick-omameh-jersey , Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Crosby batted a shot out of the air and past goalie Brian Elliott in the second period for his first goal, tapped in one from the doorstep against Petr Mrazek 7:41 into the third and then deflected in another just over three minutes later.
Jake Guentzel had a goal and three assists for Pittsburgh. Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin also scored. Matt Murray stopped 24 shots for his third straight playoff shutout.
Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Elliott stopped 14 of 19 shots and was pulled in favor of Mrazek after Crosby’s latest bit of wizardry pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 5-0 just 9:01 into the second. Mrazek wasn’t much better, getting beaten by Crosby twice more as Philadelphia’s return to the playoffs after a one-year absence started with a thud.
JETS 3, WILD 2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Defenseman Joe Morrow broke a tie with 6:13 left and Winnipeg beat Minnesota in Game 1 for the first playoff victory in franchise history.
In its only other playoff appearances since joining the NHL in 1999 in Atlanta, the franchise was swept in 2007 by the New York Rangers and 2015 by Anaheim.
Nikolaj Ehlers set up the Morrow at the point for a one-timer that beat goalie Devan Dubnyk. Morrow was acquired at the trade deadline from Montreal in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick this summer.
Mark Schiefele, with a power-play goal, and Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves. Matt Cullen and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota Authentic Brent Burns Jersey , and Dubnyk stopped 37 shots.
Game 2 is Friday night in Winnipeg.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1, KINGS 0
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for his 11th career playoff shutout, Shea Theodore scored in the first period and the Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings to win the franchise’s first playoff game.
The expansion club will try to take a 2-0 lead in its first-round playoff series Friday night.
Fleury got his first playoff shutout since last May, when his Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Theodore got on the board 3:23 into the first. Tomas Nosek came from behind the goal to fire a pass to Theodore, and he blasted a wrist shot through traffic for the Golden Knights’ first playoff goal.
The Tennessee Titans' draft strategy underscores how close they believe they are to competing for a Super Bowl berth.
Convinced of their depth elsewhere, the Titans traded up to select defensive players they had long targeted and largely ignored their offense .
They ended up with just four draft picks 鈥?the fewest of any NFL team this year and the least in franchise history.
"Some of these names we drafted are guys we talked about in February," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.
Vrabel was hired in January to improve a team that went 9-7 and lost to New England in the AFC divisional round after earning its first playoff victory since January 2004 .
"I think we are a more talented roster now, and it's our job," general manager Jon Robinson said . "That's our job http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kendall-wright-jersey , to try to get as many good football players on the team as possible and let them compete for spots."
They didn't take a single offensive player until drafting Pac-12 career passing leader Luke Falk of Washington State in the sixth round with the 199th overall pick.
The Titans' defensive picks included Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans in the first round, Boston College outside linebacker Harold Landry in the second round and Arizona defensive back Dane Cruikshank in the fifth. The Titans traded up and gave up draft picks to get each of those three players.
That represents a huge change for a team that had taken an offensive player with its first pick every year from 2011-17.
Tennessee already had addressed its major offensive concerns in free agency with the additions of running back Dion Lewis , guard/tackle Kevin Pamphile and guard Xavier Su'a-Filo .
Evans and Landry boost the front seven, the Titans' top draft priority with Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo entering the final years of their contracts and Avery Williamson having already left for the New York Jets as a free agent.
Cruikshank adds depth to the secondary for a defense that ranked 25th against the pass last season. The Titans already released veteran safety Da'Norris Searcy in March, leaving their depth thin behind All-Pro safety Kevin Byard fellow starter Johnathan Cyprien. Tennessee did sign cornerback Malcolm Butler away from New England in March.
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Falk expected to get taken much earlier. The former walk-on set Pac-12 records in yards passing, total offense, touchdown passes, pass completions and pass attempts.
"I think just the word that came to mind would just be 'shocked,'" Falk said. "It wasn't exactly how I thought it would play out Authentic Lukas Dostal Jersey , but I'm very grateful. I'm grateful that a team in Tennessee took a chance on me and is giving me an opportunity to compete and go in there and help the football team."
Falk's two sisters are aspiring country singers who live in Nashville. Falk gives the Titans someone to groom as a possible backup to Marcus Mariota after signing veteran Blaine Gabbert in March.
The 6-foot-4 Falk went to the Titans with the 199th overall pick. That's the same pick New England used on Tom Brady back in 2000. Falk considers himself a big Brady fan.
"I just think that we kind of have the same similarities and style of play," Falk said. "We are not the most mobile guys. We do stuff in the pocket, creating throws in a small space. We are accurate. He's the best to do it and somebody I look up to and just try to model my game after. It's a huge coincidence that it is pick 199 and Tennessee took a shot on me."
Although he spent much of his college career at cornerback, Cruikshank says he could play anywhere in the secondary and that NFL teams were primarily viewing him as a safety. The Titans are listing him merely as a defensive back for now and praised Cruikshank's versatility .
"Whatever they need me to play, I'm willing to play," Cruikshank said. "I feel like I can do it all."
PICKING FROM THE BEST
Cruikshank, who is 6-1 and 209 pounds, picked off three passes for Arizona last season. Two of his interceptions came against first-round draft picks Sam Darnold of Southern California and Josh Rosen of UCLA .
WHAT ABOUT RECEIVER?
The Titans didn't draft a single wideout and will lean heavily on a batch of young receivers to complement Rishard Matthews, who is entering his seventh NFL season. Tennessee didn't bring back Eric Decker and signed Michael Campanaro Authentic Kevin Long Jersey , who's more of a special teams player with 31 combined receptions in four seasons.
That leaves Corey Davis, the fifth pick overall a year ago, along with Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor. Sharpe spent last year on injured reserve, and Taylor is entering his second NFL season.
AP Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker contributed to this report.