Post Game: Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 3

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 8:55 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

PENGUINS 5 | BLUE JACKETS 3
NATIONWIDE ARENA
COLUMBUS, OHIO




The Blue Jackets played a solid and manageable game through two periods at Nationwde Arena, but they did exactly what they did not want to do in the third period. They gave the Penguins their fair share of power play opportunities and it played a big role in turning the game around.

This was a 2-2 tie through 40 minutes and a pretty entertaining hockey game between two Metropolitan Division clubs, one of which (Columbus) anxiously looking forward to getting on the board in the season series with Pittsburgh. They gave themselves a chance and seemed to be in control when the game was 5-on-5, but the penalty trouble caught up with them in a hurry.

Pittsburgh, top-three in the NHL on the power play, scored three times in the third period (two power play goals) and scored three times on the man advantage to pull away in a 5-3 win.

The Penguins have won four of the first five meetings of the season against Columbus and continue to add to their Metropolitan Division lead despite being ravaged by injuries.

And though this game eluded the Blue Jackets in the final 20 minutes, they (again) got the start they wanted.

Brandon Dubinsky cut to the inside on the Penguins' defense pair of Rob Scuderi and Robert Bortuzzo early in the first period, then whipped a backhander through the pads of Jeff Zatkoff for a 1-0 lead at 3:59. The lead, however, lasted less than a minute after the Penguins and Neal notched their first power play goal of the night at 4:55, with Corey Tropp in the box for tripping.

Speaking of Tropp, he provided the Jackets' biggest highlight of the night late in the second period.

Down 2-1, he took a sling pass from Boone Jenner just inside the blue line and dangled through Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta before sliding his second goal of the season under Zatkoff at 13:42 - sending the arena into a frenzy.




Pittsburgh was back on its heels after a rampant start to the third period by the Blue Jackets, who came out skating and firing pucks from every angle in search of the go-ahead goal. But Crosby's goal was a huge lift, the lead goal (3-2) at 10:51 of the third period and it really got the Penguins going. It was their first of three goals in the final nine minutes. 



1. JAMES NEAL (PIT)
He had the hot stick right from the get-go tonight, snapping home a power play goal less than five minutes in and burying three of his five total shots on goal.  

2. SIDNEY CROSBY (PIT)
Crosby's goal, No. 22 on the year for him, changed the game for Pittsburgh in the third period. 

3. COREY TROPP (CBJ)
His second goal of the season - a no-doubt-about-it highlight reel tally - had the building buzzing in the second period. Tropp was again a source of energy for the Blue Jackets





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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
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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