Aftermath No. 12: Pittsburgh

Friday, 11.01.2013 / 10:00 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com



PITTSBURGH -- Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was a calm and collected guy after his club's 4-2 loss to the Penguins tonight at CONSOL Energy Center.

Why, you might ask? First, he took a look at the number of chances the Jackets created against a normally-stingy Pittsburgh club. The visitors racked up nearly 40 shots on goal, used their power play to complement what they had generated 5-on-5, but by and large ran into a red-hot goaltender in Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury set the tone for the Penguins early on: he made a pair of stellar stops on Nick Foligno and Marian Gaborik in the first four minutes of the game, and made 16 stops in the first period alone while emerging with a 1-0 lead.

If there was a checklist of "good things" in Richards' coat pocket, it's safe to say the Blue Jackets crossed a few off - but they made some crucial mistakes in the second period that cost them dearly.

The Penguins scored three times in 4:24 early in the second period, chasing the reigning Vezina Trophy winner and tilting the ice in one direction.

Pittsburgh, which has now scored three-plus goals in eight of nine home games, capitalized on its opportunities while the Blue Jackets were left seeking a little more "bear down" in their attack.

Let's take a closer look at tonight's game...

- Ryan Murray was by far one of the most consistent players for Columbus once again.

He played 20:30 with a +1 rating - one of two Jackets blue liners with a plus in this game - and saw a lot of ice time against the Penguins' top six.

- He didn't appear on the scoresheet, but this was one of Artem Anisimov's better games of late.

He skated well between Foligno and Gaborik, wasn't afraid to make some plays but struggled in the face-off circle (29 percent). If the Jackets want more from the top line, they'll need a bounce-back effort on the draw tomorrow.

- Bobrovsky struggled, but as Mark Letestu said, if there's one guy who gets a mulligan, it's Bob.

He allowed three goals on 13 shots and didn't appear very sharp. McElhinney relieved him at the 3:01 mark of the second period.

- Another strong night for Dubinsky in the circle: he was 67 percent (10-of-15) and boosted his NHL top-20 ranking a bit with tonight's success.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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