Blue Jackets win in double OT to even series

Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer) | Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 2:40 AM

PITTSBURGH -- Not one, not two, but three chances from the door step - and the third time was definitely the charm.

Matt Calvert potted his second goal of the game just 70 seconds into the second overtime period at CONSOL Energy Center, giving the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory that was their first postseason win in franchise history. More importantly for this group, however, was that it evened this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at one game apiece as things shift back to Columbus for Game 3 on Monday night.

And this one, as thrilling, exhilarating and dramatic as it ended, was anything but easy.

The Penguins talked about a better start and backed it up, scoring twice in the first five minutes and putting the Blue Jackets back on their heels early. Both of Pittsburgh's early goals came from speedy forward Brian Gibbons, who was a thorn in the Jackets' side in the opening period before leaving the game due to injury.

But a power play goal from Ryan Johansen less than a minute after the Penguins took a 2-0 lead seemed to settle the Jackets down, and despite a late period goal by Pittsburgh that restored a two-goal lead, they never blinked. Instead, they got right back on their horse and stuck to their game plan of getting pucks deep, putting pressure on the Penguins defense and forcing them to play a full-ice game.

Calvert's first goal of the night - a shorthanded snipe in the second period - installed belief in the Blue Jackets and brought them within 3-2 with plenty of game to be played. In the eyes of Todd Richards, that's where Game 2 turned in Columbus' favor.

“They were very good in the first, but that’s something that I expected," Richards said. "They came out, they played hard, they played fast and at that moment (in the first period) they were playing at a different level than us. The shorthanded goal in the second period…I thought was the difference-maker in the game. It gave hope to our guys. It was 3-1 at the time, and it made it 3-2, and you could feel it on the bench. I thought from that moment on that we played a very strong game.”

Trailing 3-2 with under seven minutes to play, the Blue Jackets got a brief two-man advantage that turned into a conventional 5-on-4 power play - one that saw them get rewarded for a solid effort in the final two periods and tie the game at 3-3.

Boone Jenner attempted a shot from the slot that was blocked, and Johansen found the loose puck in time to make a one-handed shovel pass across to Jack Johnson, who went undetected on the weak side. Johnson fired the tying goal into a wide open net (his second goal of the series) to help send the game to overtime.

And on the game winner, it was typical Blue Jacket hockey.

Calvert entered the Penguins zone and got the puck behind the net to Dubinsky, who shook off Jussi Jokinen in time to make a centering pass to Cam Atkinson right out in front. Fleury made a great save on Atkinson's one timer, then another stop on Calvert's first putback attempt, but the third was sent into the top corner and sent the Jackets back to Columbus with home ice advantage.

"Every year I’ve been watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs...you see guys score the OT winner, and you always want to be in that position and know how it feels," Calvert said. "It’s a tough feeling to explain, and it happens so fast. Everyone jumped on me and I haven’t had time to think about it.

"It’s a great feeling, a great win for our team. Our first goal is complete and now we want to go back and play in front of our home crowd and have some fun.”


Richards and several players noted post-game that Calvert's shorthanded goal was a difference-maker. The Penguins had a chance to put the pedal down and take a commanding lead, but a heads-up play to create a 2-on-1 sent Calvert off to the races. His first career playoff goal wasn't the most dramatic he'd score in the game, but it was a goal that tipped the scales in Columbus' direction.



Two huge goals in the game for Calvert in his second career playoff game, and it doesn't get any better than that.


Another huge game from Johnson, logging nearly 40 minutes of ice time (38:21) with Columbus down to five defensemen in the wake of Fedor Tyutin's injury. He scored the tying goal and did his best work against the Penguins' top players.


The speedy winger was the catalyst early on for Pittsburgh and scored a pair of first-period goals to set the tempo.






Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:30PIT Brian Gibbons (1) ASST: Matt Niskanen (2), Sidney Crosby (2) 1 - 0 PIT
04:24PIT SHG - Brian Gibbons (2) ASST: Paul Martin (3), Brooks Orpik (1) 2 - 0 PIT
05:07CBJ PPG - Ryan Johansen (1) ASST: David Savard (1), Ryan Murray (1) 2 - 1 PIT
17:52PIT PPG - Matt Niskanen (2) ASST: Paul Martin (4), Sidney Crosby (3) 3 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
07:31CBJ SHG - Matt Calvert (1) ASST: Artem Anisimov (1), David Savard (2) 3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
13:59CBJ PPG - Jack Johnson (2) ASST: Ryan Johansen (1), Boone Jenner (2) 3 - 3 Tie
1st OT Period
2nd OT Period
01:10CBJ Matt Calvert (2) ASST: Cam Atkinson (1), Brandon Dubinsky (2) 4 - 3 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Calvert
Matt Calvert
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:26
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 38:21
Brian Gibbons
Brian Gibbons
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 2:26
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:08PIT Joe Vitale  Interference on goalkeeper against  Sergei Bobrovsky
13:01CBJ Fedor Tyutin  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
16:53CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Slashing against  Craig Adams
20:00PIT Chris Kunitz  Roughing against  Matt Calvert
2nd Period
02:14CBJ R.J. Umberger  Cross checking against  Rob Scuderi
06:25CBJ Blake Comeau  Roughing against  Paul Martin
08:40CBJ Blake Comeau  Tripping against  Paul Martin
3rd Period
00:55CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Boarding against  Paul Martin
05:07PIT Craig Adams  Hi-sticking against  Sergei Bobrovsky
11:38PIT Rob Scuderi  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
13:31PIT Kris Letang  Interference against  Matt Calvert
1st OT Period
01:50PIT Paul Martin  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Johansen
10:25CBJ Jack Johnson  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
18:33CBJ Blake Comeau  Interference against  Brooks Orpik
2nd OT Period
shots by period
2nd OT40
Team Stats
Power Plays2/61/8
Faceoff Wins4333
Blocked Shots2221
Penalty Minutes1612
5J. SkilleR0001015:36
6N. NikitinD0000020:34
7J. JohnsonD1003238:21
11M. CalvertL2025022:26
13C. AtkinsonR0104022:05
14B. ComeauL00-13615:36
17B. DubinskyC01-19423:57
18R. UmbergerC00-11215:39
19R. JohansenC1103023:46
21J. WisniewskiD00-11032:51
24D. MacKenzieC0001018:08
26C. TroppR000005:37
27R. MurrayD0104030:23
38B. JennerC0103021:51
42A. AnisimovC0104021:59
51F. TyutinD000026:55
55M. LetestuC0002021:19
58D. SavardD0211033:46
72S. Bobrovsky3942.92981:10
2M. NiskanenD1101027:35
3O. MaattaD0011020:13
4R. ScuderiD00-10221:31
7P. MartinD0212234:07
14C. KunitzL0002224:56
15T. GlassL0000011:26
16B. SutterC0013022:33
18J. NealR00-27025:29
19B. BennettR0001018:15
22L. StempniakR00-12025:01
27C. AdamsR0001211:31
36J. JokinenL00-13021:55
44B. OrpikD0115028:02
46J. VitaleC0002214:08
49B. GibbonsC202202:26
58K. LetangD00-11227:40
71E. MalkinC00-15029:01
87S. CrosbyC0204030:34
29M. Fleury4145.91181:10