Blue Jackets hold off Penguins, avoid sweep

Blue Jackets hold off Penguins, avoid sweep

The Pens trailed 3-1 after the first period, but goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was solid after that rough start to outplay counterpart Sergei Bobrovsky for the third straight time. And unlike Tuesday's win, this time they'll have to win on the road. Game 5 is back in NY tomorrow night with the Rangers having a chance to close out the series on home ice. Last year, on their Cup run, the Penguins didn't sweep any of the four series. They established a 3-0 lead early in the second period and held on from there. And they were 16-8 in the postseason, so they didn't win them all. The Penguins won the series. And in a series that has always been expected to go the distance, things are about as even as they could be.

Our models project Bobrovsky for 2.6 goals allowed, 29.4 saves, and a 45.0% chance of extending the Blue Jackets' season.

The Penguins weren't sharp last night.

A pivotal Game 5 is Thursday in Edmonton, and the series is guaranteed to return to the South Bay for Game 6 on Saturday. They seem fine coming back too. "Listen, Conor Sheary is a really good player". The latter is probably the better answer. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could use the rest.

Sheary joined Nick Bonino and Scott Wilson on the third line. Conor Sheary had two. Oskar Klefbom completed the comeback and sent the game into overtime with just under three minutes remaining in the third on a great feed from David Desharnais.

SAN JOSE After posting two of the top four records in the National Hockey League in the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets both need to find out a way to get a win on the road or their playoff runs will end nearly as soon as they began.

It was that kind of night. "Especially in a playoff series, I think it's important to stay healthy and stay with your linemates".

Columbus gained some momentum and found some life. It's a long season. Game one and game four just had the Penguins shut out in the first. "We're lucky to have him", defenseman Ian Cole said.

Columbus head coach John Tortorella hates the type of music his players often blare in the dressing room.

It looks like that's what the Jackets have been doing in the past two games.

The game was, as Mike Sullivan put it after the game, an emotional rollercoaster.

One thing to watch tonight is if the Penguins can continue to build off of their Game 3 success. He missed the last two games of the series due to a broken cheekbone.

The series is tied 2-2.

They got two goals from their power play, which converted five of its 15 chances (33.3 percent) in the series.

Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and Rick Nash scored the deciding goal in the second period as NY defeated Montreal in Game 4 of their first-round series.

So, instead, the hope for those Eastern teams wishing to make their way deep into the playoffs is that the Penguins have a tougher time in the opening round than it appeared they were going to after three games.



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