The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't run over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1, but they managed to battle back from a two-goal deficit to secure the win. The magic number to win the Stanley Cup is 16. They don't give out extra points based on how sexy a win is.
By winning the opening contest of the series, Pittsburgh's number is down to 15. A slash mark is a slash mark at this time of year. While the Penguins weren't perfect on Wednesday evening, they didn't need to be, and there are several positives worth building on moving forward.
Simply winning Game 1 in the first round against a wild card opponent doesn't guarantee anything for this hungry squad which is looking to get back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in five years. With the winds of disappointment blowing at its back, there are a few keys to Pittsburgh's continued success in these playoffs.
All statistics appear courtesy of NHL.com, and are accurate through games played on April 16.