The Pittsburgh Penguins took down the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight by the final score of 4-1. Late in the game, the Jackets tried their best taking the Pens down in a slightly different manner as their frustrations bubbled over and the cheap shots would reign down. One of which should give Matt Calvert a couple of games off as he would take out Tom Kuhnhackl with a viscous crosscheck near center ice, breaking the stick over Tom’s neck then pushing him down after he was done.
Tom would smile on the ice, but was ushered down the Pens runway towards the locker room quickly.
With regards to the game itself, the Jackets jumped out early with energy and physicality like they did during the first period of game one. And just like in game one, Fleury would stand tall. Columbus would sling the first 8 shots, but would not score. Then, Pittsburgh would score on their very first shot as Sidney Crosby would score on a sweet feed from Sheary and Guentzel. That line has turned into an absolute speed juggernaut.
Columbus would tie the game midway through the second period. The goal was scored by Brandon Saad, a Pittsburgh Kid that was challenged by his coach to step up his game. He did just that. But I think Torts needs to do the same to a few of his other players. Although at that moment, it looked like Columbus had taken the momentum back, Sidney Crosby would set up Jake Guentzel to get the lead right back. All of this happened less than a minute after the Jackets goal.
Early in the third period, the Pens Evgeni Malkin would score the third goal of the game off a feed from Ian Cole and Sidney Crosby. Sid would finish with a goal and 2 assists. The Pens would later tack on an empty net goal to put the game out of reach.
The Pens were out shot 40-32, but were the better team yet again tonight. The Columbus blue Jackets were playing desperate in this game and unloaded on Fluery every chance they would get. Through the first two games, Marc-Andre would play two of the best playoff games I have seen him play in years. The one place he struggles is on the road, so we will see how he responds in Columbus starting on Monday.