Post Game: Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 0

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 9:50 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

PENGUINS 3 | BLUE JACKETS 0
NATIONWIDE ARENA
COLUMBUS, OHIO




COLUMBUS -- The Blue Jackets started Friday's game with 16 shots in the first period and had plenty of chances to score. In the second game of the weekend home-and-home with the Penguins, it was quite the opposite.

Columbus registered just three shots in the opening period and had recorded a total of 10 by the time 40 minutes had been completed, and it simply wasn't enough against a Pittsburgh team that was once again opportunistic. The Blue Jackets, who wanted to be tighter defensively tonight, were off to a good start and had a grip on slowing down the Penguins through the neutral zone, but they had a tough time getting the puck through to Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff.


The Blue Jackets gave up a goal to Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland on a delayed penalty call to Jack Johnson, and yielded the dreaded own goal on a deflection by Blake Comeau early in the third period. Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, who pulled Sergei Bobrovsky after 23 minutes of action on Friday, was very pleased with the play of Curtis McElhinney, who did everything he could to keep his teammates in this game tonight.

McElhinney made 24 saves, including a handful of testers, in what was only a 1-0 game entering the third period. But the second goal - credited to Chris Kunitz on the centering pass - was more than enough for the Penguins, who found their way into the Jackets' shooting lanes and made it a frustrating night offensively for the home team.




Richards said the bench's reaction after the Kunitz goal wasn't a concern, but the Jackets definitely experienced a bit of let down in the minutes that followed. Pittsburgh took control of the third period and didn't give the Jackets much time with the puck, and they played a disciplined game, as well. 



1. DERYK ENGELLAND (PIT)
The Penguins got the game-deciding goal from their fourth line on a delayed penalty, and Engelland was the recipient of a nice pass by Joe Vitale from low in the zone. One quick flick of the wrists made it a 1-0 game, and it was a lead Pittsburgh would not relinquish.

2. JEFF ZATKOFF (PIT)
Earning a shutout and only being named the game's second star is indicative of the kind of night the Penguins' rookie goaltender had; he wasn't forced to make a lot of saves, but he was solid when called upon and finished with 19 stops for his first career shutout.

3. CURTIS MCELHINNEY (CBJ)
It's hard to ask for or expect much more than the Jackets got from McElhinney tonight. As stated above, he gave his team a chance to win the game and Richards said it was "disappointing" to waste a strong performance from his back-up goaltender.





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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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