Marc-Andre Fleury and The Pens would hold off a second period Surge by the Blue Jackets to propel them into the second round. Fleury would face over 50 shots tonight, but it would be a goalie interference call in the third period that Fleury would buy that would ultimately sink the Jackets. The Pens would score on the power play with a brilliant goal by Sidney Crosby to extend that lead to 4-2. Pittsburgh would add another less than a minute later. The final score at the Paint Can in Pittsburgh, Pens 5 Blue Jackets 2.
Pittsburgh would jump out to a 3-0 lead by the second period, but Columbus would put together a furious middle period comeback. Scoring twice, and nearly several more times as Fleury allowed the puck to get away from him more than a few times, including a couple that trickled behind him, but not across the line.
Pittsburgh would get two goals tonight from Bryan Rust in the second period that would extend the lead to 3-0. Phil Kessel scored the Pens first goal with a rifle shot past Bobrovsky in the first period. Kessel is the perfect player for Pittsburgh. He is a star that knows how and when to elevate his play,
Pittsburgh would get a goal in the third by Crosby, to give them a 2 goal lead. The Pens would score on a no look backhand shot from Scott Wilson right in front of the net to bury the Jackets officially. It was one of the many ugly rebounds that Bobrovsky would give up tonight. This time Wilson did the right thing in just putting the puck back on net and watching as good things happened.
As mentioned, Fleury was ridiculous tonight stopping an avalanche of shots. He did get lucky many times, but when a team is going good, those things tend to fall in place.
Pittsburgh now awaits the winner of Caps Leafs. Currently tied 2 games a piece, tomorrow nights game between them will put someone in the driver seat.
The Pens will not only wait to see who they play, but they will also take some time and work on getting healed up.