The best part of this game was when the Ottawa Senators emerged from the visitors' dressing room and the Islanders didn't. The Penguins immediately found themselves with time to make plays and make moves. Did you notice something else in Game One? The furious rushes up ice that were the Islanders' M.O. were gone. That drop in team speed between the Isles and Sens will make a world of difference in this series.
If the Isles series did a number in the Pens' heads, they would have lost this game. Instead they came out all business.
Vokoun saw 36 shots and saved 35. Money. The Pens had one shorthanded goal all season, and they now have one in the postseason. Suprise: Pascal Dupuis has scored both of them.
Evgeni Malkin put up two more points and recorded the game-winning goal. He was in so many places last night, he was even on Jeopardy:
"I'll take misunderstood, enigmatic Russian Conn Smythe winners and MVPs for $1400, Alex."
If there's one thing we've all learned, it's that the first game of a series doesn't tell the tale. Game Two on Friday night is gonna be a good indication of where this series is headed. It could be another tough win, it could be a blowout, Vokoun could collapse.