Even the most routine of saves by Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on Wednesday were met with roaring applause at the Consol Energy Center, an obvious and respectable attempt by Penguins fans to prop up their ailing goalie. Fleury’s postseason struggles became so extreme and unavoidable last spring that the Penguins sent him to a sports psychologist. He seemed fine on Wednesday, making 31 saves in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 1 of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
The news media gets blamed for everything. As a laptop-lugging, notebook-carrying lifetime member, this can be a heavy burden and an irritating pain in the rear. I’ve been at parties where an acquaintance referenced some yakking head on Fox News or MSNBC whose slanted reporting so irritated him that he practically spat out his criticism.
Brandon Dubinsky of the Blue Jackets moves the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby from the crease in front of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 1.
PITTSBURGH — Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was not called for a penalty during a series-opening, 4-3 loss Wednesday at the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the eyes of the officiating crew, the Jackets’ physical, two-way workhorse played clean enough to avoid the penalty box. In the eyes of a riled home crowd at the Consol Energy Center, Dubinsky played the punk.
For Braxton Miller, Ohio State spring football practice meant a lot of standing, watching and talking as he recovered from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, but activity for the senior quarterback should pick up in coming weeks.
Indians starter Danny Salazar exits after giving up four runs in the fifth inning.
DETROIT — Cleveland Indians starter Danny Salazar walked the leadoff man in the fifth inning — then let that small mistake turn into a much bigger problem.
CINCINNATI — It seems that so far this year, the only team with any clue as how to get Devin Mesoraco out has been the Tennessee Smokies.
TOLEDO — The business side of baseball delivered a high, tight fastball to Nyjer Morgan on Wednesday that contained an unpleasant surprise. The Cleveland Indians optioned Morgan to the Clippers to make roster room for Michael Bourn. That naturally hurt.
Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson signed a two-year deal yesterday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The six-time Pro Bowler impressed Montreal officials at a minicamp in Vero Beach, Fla. He last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with the New England Patriots, after spending 10 of his 11 seasons with the Bengals.
The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a deal. The team announced the move but didn’t release terms.
Questions persist about how Florida State and the Tallahassee Police Department handled rape accusations involving Jameis Winston.
The Cleveland Browns signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate.