So what happened?
This was nowhere near as close as the score indicated. While the Pens did need an empty net goal from Jordan Staal to cement the victory, the Pens put on a clinic for about 45 of the 60 minutes of this hockey game. The rest of the time, they were simply better than average, instead of tremendous.
My biggest takeaway from this game was that the Flames tried to get physical with the Pens. The Pens not only ignored the nonsense, but also hurt the Flames on the score sheet, ruining their home opener. I can't think of a better script.
Kennedy (1), Niskanen (1), Malkin (1), Adams (1), Staal (1)
Hurting the Flames on the scoreboard instead of responding to some of the shenanigans.
Matt Cooke took a shot to the head, but was able to return in the third period.
Another balanced effort in the TOI department. Only Aaron Asham was under 10 minutes of ice time, and that's largely because he doesn...