The Penguins played a textbook game of hockey tonight and take the 1-0 series lead with a strong performance. Game Two is tomorrow night at 7 p.m. EST. Don't expect any lineup changes tomorrow either as the Pittsburgh Penguins win Game Five tonight, so Simon Despres and Brian Strait should stay put.
One down, 14 more to go in the race for the 2012 Calder Cup.
Colin McDonald led the Penguins surge with two goals, his first coming on a power play 14:40 into the game. Alexandre Picard gave a perfect slap pass and McDonald tipped it past Dany Sabourin for the 1-0 lead. The Penguins dominated play in the first period, out shooting the Bears 12-3 and really taking it to their opponent.
Cal O'Reilly scored his first goal as WBS Penguin in the second period, another power play goal, to give the Pens a 2-0 lead halfway through the game.
McDonald got his second goal of the night to ice it for the Pens. The league's leading goal scorer from last season putting pucks in the net in late April is just fine with me.
Mike Carman tipped a Kevin Marshall point shot with 1:52 left to break Brad Thiessen's shutout bid, but too little too late for the Bears and they now trail the best of five series 1-0.