The Penguins struggles to score last season carried over into game no. 1 of the new season.
Antti Niemi made 37 saves in earning his 33rd career shutout as the Dallas Stars blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates went down quietly for the second straight post-season.
Jake Arrieta threw a complete game shutout as the Chicago Cubs advance to the divisional round with a 4-0 win over the Pirates in the NL Wildcard Game.
Arrieta in going the distance, struck out 11 and allowed 4 hits.
Kyle Schwarber hit a 2-run homer in the third inning and Dexter Fowler homered in the fifth as the Cubs and Jake Arrieta have a commanding 4-0 lead going into the sixth inning.
Fowler and Schwarber went a combined 5-6 with 2 home runs, 4 RBIs vs Cole who exited after five innings. The rest of the Cubs vs Cole, 1-14.
Arrieta has allowed 1 hit and struck out 8 with no walks through five.
PIRATES LINEUP vs CUBS
1. Polanco, RF
2. Harrison, 3B
3. McCutchen, CF
4. Marte, LF
5. Cervelli, C
6. Walker, 2B
7. Mercer, SS
8. Rodriguez, 1B
9. Cole, P