For The Win’s Hemal Jhaveri summed it up best after Sidney Crosby tallied his third career postseason hat trick, Wednesday night.
I have seen the future and it looks a lot like the past
— Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) April 12, 2018
The Pittsburgh Penguins, who are looking to three peat, were on another level in their 7-0 Game One win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Crosby scored three consecutive even-strength goals in the second and third periods to seal the win for the Penguins.
9:01 into the second period, Sid scored his first goal, a mid-air backhanded deflection, which chased Brian Elliott from the net.
Petr Mrazek would fare no better as Crosby scored twice in a three-minute and one second span of the third period.
Crosby’s hat trick goal came on a deflection of a Brian Dumoulin point shot.
Career playoff hatty #3 for Sid. Done in natural fashion. 🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/euphIr5g9Y
— NHL (@NHL) April 12, 2018
All three of Crosby’s goals were scored near or in the high slot.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 12, 2018
Evgeni Malkin also scored on this beautiful individual effort in the first period. After weaving through several Flyers defenders, Malkin backhanded the puck past Elliott to the far side of the net.
So the Penguins look pretty good out of the gate.
One down, three to go.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 12, 2018
Headline photo: Joe Sargent
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