Corey Potter made his NHL playoff debut on Friday night.
He logged nearly 17 minutes of ice time in the match, which included 1:37 of playing time on the penalty kill. Potter recorded four blocked shots and one shot of his own in Boston's 1-0 loss to Detroit. The 30-year-old rearguard has 123 regular season games of NHL experience under his belt and he was "thankful" that a chance to play in the playoffs finally came.
Third-line center Brandon Sutter had the winning goal in Game 1, a 4-3 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets, when the Penguins' top four scorers combined for no goals and a minus-4 rating.
Big goals from Sutter don't surprise Pittsburgh coach Dan Blysma. "When he's scored a goal, it's always been a big goal," Bylsma said. "He's right around the number he always seems to be at - 12 to 15 goals a year - but they always seem to be big goals." Eight of the Penguins' 12 points in Game 1 were produced by defensemen or forwards who finished the game skating on the bottom two lines. The teams meet again for Game 2 today.
Tuukka Rask feels he should've had Pavel Datsyuk's game-winning goal in Game 1's loss to Detroit.
"He was by himself there, so I'm just thinking (it's going to be) a shot," said Rask. "He drags it across and releases from our D's legs. You just try to get the puck in your eyes. I couldn't and it squeaked by me. Usually he tries to make a pass there, but I thought he was by himself there, so I was ready for that shot. I just couldn't see it. But it still went through me, so I should have it." Rask made 23 stops, but the one shot that beat him gave the Red Wings a 1-0 victory.