Sunday’s Best: Some serious stick-on-puck action

The rest is waiting on an opponent to be written, so let’s look at some images from the Penguins’ 5-2, series-clinching win over the Jackets.

Scott Wilson scores the Penguins' fifth goal. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

“The Pittsburgh Penguins will have a complete day off Friday, April, 21.  The practice schedule will be updated daily until the second round begins.”

That’s the email content that arrives after a team deals with their opponent while the opponent-in-waiting is in the middle of a 2-2 series tie, and must play at least two more games to determine the winner. We don’t know yet if it will be the Capitals or the Maple Leafs, but we do know the Penguins are completely off while those two face off in Game 5.

So, what do we know after the Penguins knocked off the Blue Jackets in their own Game 5?

Well, we know that holding on to Marc-Andre Fleury appears to have been a better move than any trade featuring him could have been. We also know that Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel is a machine in the playoffs.

The rest is waiting on an opponent to be written, so let’s look at some images from the Penguins’ 5-2, series-clinching win over the Jackets:

Marc-Andre Fleury in warmups. Arguably the game’s No. 1 star a few hours later. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Phil Kessel, all business after scoring. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

A fan watches the Blue Jackets attempt to clear the puck. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Evgeni Malkin has his leg kicked out from under him. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Marc-Andre Fleury celebrates a goal from 178 feet away. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Marc-Andre Fleury makes one of 49 saves. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Boone Jenner scores from maximum allowable altitude. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Marc-Andre Fleury stretches to knock the puck away from under a scrum. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Brandon Dubinsky, fan favorite in Pittsburgh. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

John Tortorella asks the officiating crew what their dinner plans are. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Sidney Crosby attempts to redirect the puck on goal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jake Guentzel celebrates as Sidney Crosby finds the back of the net. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Sidney Crosby, fans celebrate as Kyle Quincey reacts. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Sergei Bobrovsky lays on the ice after Scott Wilson’s goal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Trevor Daley congratulates Scott Wilson on his goal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Local product Brandon Saad reacts to the Penguins’ three-goal lead. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Nick Bonino is cross-checked over Sergei Bobrovsky by Brandon Dubinsky. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Fans cheer as the Blue Jackets spend the last of their season on the ice. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Longtime friends Sidney Crosby and Jack Johnson shake hands after the series. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Fans, Iceburgh dream of what could come. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

I sneaked a couple more photos in this file than I normally would have since we don’t know when the next round of elimination play will begin, and I wanted to share them with you guys. Shhh … don’t tell Dejan. 😉