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#BattleOn Playoff Preview: Game 4

Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 9:00 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com
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#BattleOn Playoff Preview: Game 4
The Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena.

FINAL (OT): BLUE JACKETS 4, PENGUINS 3
EAST QUARTERFINAL | GAME 4
NATIONWIDE ARENA | COLUMBUS, OH
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POST GAME VIDEO (CLICK NAME TO WATCH): Umby | Foligno | Wiz | Dubi | Johnson | Richards | Johansen

POST GAME (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN): UmbyRichards | Dubi | Foligno | Wiz | Joey | Johnson

WATCH: THE GAME WINNER! Nick Folignooooooo! | CLICK TO PLAY

GAME AUDIO: Nick Foligno OT GWG | LISTEN

WATCH: Brandon Dubinsky 3rd period goal | CLICK TO PLAY

GAME AUDIO: Brandon Dubinsky 3rd period goal | LISTEN

SECOND INTERMISSION: Matt Calvert | LISTEN

WATCH: Second period highlights | CLICK TO PLAY

SECOND INTERMISSION: Jack Skille | LISTEN



SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS:
It's been all Blue Jackets since the 3-0 goal for Pittsburgh, and headed to the third period, we've got ourselves a one-goal hockey game at 3-2. Columbus owns a 32-17 edge in shots on goal through two periods, and got back into it with a big power play goal from Ryan Johansen with the Jackets on a 5-on-3. They've had a few chances on the man advantage tonight, particularly so in the second period, but only converted once - albeit a huge goal. The Blue Jackets, down 2-1 in the series and 3-2 in the game, will want to "empty the tanks" as they say in this third period with two days off before Game 5 on Saturday night in Pittsburgh. They have a chance to head into that fifth game dead even in the series, but they have a big third period ahead of them to make it happen.

WATCH:
Ryan Johansen 2nd period PP goal | CLICK TO PLAY

GAME AUDIO: Ryan Johansen 2nd period PP goal | LISTEN

FIRST INTERMISSION: Mark Letestu | LISTEN

WATCH: 1st Period Highlights | CLICK TO PLAY

WATCH: Boone Jenner's first-period PPG goal. | CLICK TO WATCH 


FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS:
Well, that period was like three games rolled into 20 minutes. The Blue Jackets found their footing after a slow start, but the Penguins broke the seal with three goals in the first 11 minutes to force Todd Richards into a timeout. Much like the Penguins in Game 3, the timeout had the desired result for Columbus and the Jackets started to get back to their game late in the first period. Boone Jenner, camped at the lip of the crease, got a piece of Mark Letestu's shot from the high slot to get a big goal past Marc-Andre Fleury - cutting the Pittsburgh lead to 3-1 with 40 minutes left in regulation. Shots are 14-11 favoring the Jackets after one period at Nationwide Arena. 

GAME AUDIO:
Boone Jenner 1st period PP goal | LISTEN

WATCH: Today's Rink Report | CLICK TO PLAY

Tonight's in-arena playlist:

UPDATE: Starting time set for Game 5 vs. the Penguins
The starting time for Game 5 of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets has been set for 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 26, in Pittsburgh. The game will be seen on NBC Sports Network and CBC.

WATCH: PRE GAME - Letestu | CLICK TO WATCH

WATCH: PRE GAME - MacKenzie | CLICK TO WATCH

WATCH: PRE GAME - Richards | CLICK TO WATCH

WATCH: NHL Network's Game 4 preview | CLICK TO WATCH




MORNING SKATE:
The Blue Jackets have a chance to answer the Penguins' victory in Game 3, and they're anxious to get Game 4 started on Wednesday night. The team will hold a morning skate at 10 a.m. at Nationwide Arena and we'll have complete coverage for you here at Game Day Central, along with our LIVE morning skate show. Also, look for lineup changes, thoughts on the match-up against the Penguins, storylines from the other side and an interview with coach Todd Richards. Stay tuned to this page for the latest!

The Blue Jackets don't anticipate any changes to their forward group coming out of Game 3 two nights ago, so you should expect the same forward lines to be employed when the puck drops on Game 4. 

As for the defense, there's less certainty that the group of six will remain the same. Does Nick Schultz get a chance to slot in with Fedor Tyutin still out of the lineup? We'll know more after the team completes its morning skate, which you'll be able to watch live on our website. 




Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards semi-joked after Game 3 that neither team really wants to take a 3-1 lead in this series. Each time either the Jackets or Penguins have gone ahead 3-1 in the first three games of the series, that team has gone on to lose the game - and most recently, that was the Blue Jackets' outcome on Monday night.

Two early goals had the building rocking and it forced Dan Bylsma into a timeout, and the brief respite seemed to settle Pittsburgh down (the intended result). The Penguins started skating and found their game in the next two periods, putting a ton of pressure on the Blue Jackets defense and putting 16 shots at Sergei Bobrovsky through 20 minutes. 

Columbus, plagued by penalty trouble in Game 1, stepped up its shorthanded work in Games 2 and 3 but on Monday night, the Penguins were able to generate some momentum and positivity with their power play despite not scoring; after being in retreat mode for the first 10 minutes, Pittsburgh reasserted itself later in the first period and it carried over to the final 40 minutes, leading to a three-goal outburst midway through the third period.

There's a big tipping point in the series at hand, and the Blue Jackets want to be the team that gets it done on home ice and sends the series back to CONSOL Energy Center all square. They've answered the bell all season long, responding to adversity with a resilient effort time after time, and their resolve will be tested once again in Game 4. 




GAME 5: AT PITTSBURGH
SATURDAY, 7 P.M.
CONSOL ENERGY CENTER


              

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