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Penguins chase Bobrovsky in first of back-to-back

Friday, 11.01.2013 / 10:07 PM

Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com

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Penguins chase Bobrovsky in first of back-to-back
Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 4
Three Stars of the Game
Evgeni Malkin
1st
Evgeni Malkin
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:00
Marc-Andre Fleury
2nd
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 25-27
PIM: 0PP: 11-11
SV%: .949SH: 1-1
Jayson Megna
3rd
Jayson Megna
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 10:42

THE RUNDOWN

PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins didn't need much time to pull away from the Blue Jackets. In fact, all they needed was five shots on goal.

Brandon Sutter, Kris Letang and rookie Jayson Megna scored three goals in a span of 4:24, turning a 1-0 game through 20 minutes into a one-sided affair in the blink of an eye. Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 13 shots and was pulled in favor of Curtis McElhinney at 3:01 of the second period - but Megna scored on the Penguins' first attempt at McElhinney to make it 4-0.

The Blue Jackets started the game well, limiting the Penguins' chances in transition and yielding just a power play goal to Chris Kunitz that opened the scoring at 7:11 of the first period. Columbus registered 16 of the first 25 shots of the game, testing Marc-Andre Fleury from all angles but the Pittsburgh goaltender was up to the task. They were physical, too, finishing checks and keeping the pace up, which allowed them to sustain attack time in the Penguins' end of the rink.

But you just can't gift the Penguins any freebies, and they were the recipients of some Jackets turnovers early in the second period. The puck appeared to go into the Columbus bench just prior to Sutter's goal, but the ensuring wrist shot beat Bobrovsky far-side - and the Penguins added another on the power play moments later.

And while the score was heavily in favor of the Penguins, the Blue Jackets gave themselves a chance to get back into the game.

After 40 minutes of play, Columbus had taken 27 shots on goal - more than the Penguins had been yielded on average per game this season. Fleury, who has been under fire at times in Pittsburgh, was sharp from the get-go and gave the Penguins a steady hand between the pipes.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

This game turned on its axis when the Penguins potted three quick goals in the second period. Only trailing 1-0 at the time, the Blue Jackets were right in it and had their share of chances and weren't able to beat Fleury. All it took was four-plus minutes to make it a commanding four-goal lead for the Penguins.

THREE STARS

1. EVGENI MALKIN (PIT)

We didn't hear much from Penguins captain Sidney Crosby tonight, but Malkin was a difference-maker for the home team. He picked up a pair of assists and was Pittsburgh's best forward in the game, and could have had a couple of goals himself.

2. MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (PIT)

Fleury was the difference in the game, according to Jackets coach Todd Richards. He made 37 saves, a total that included a few 10-bell stops in the first period. If not for their goaltender, the Penguins might have been looking at a different outcome tonight.

3. JAYSON MEGNA (PIT)

Megna has filled in well for the Penguins and provided energy since his recall from Wilkes-Barre (AHL), but tonight, he chipped in his second NHL goal on a nice cross-crease pass by Jussi Jokinen. His tally proved to be an insurance marker for Pittsburgh.

WHAT'S ON TAP?

vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

SATURDAY, 7 P.M.

NATIONWIDE ARENA

scoring summary
1st Period
07:11
PIT
PPG - Chris Kunitz (7) ASST: Paul Martin (4), Sidney Crosby (14)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
01:10
PIT
Brandon Sutter (2) ASST: Tanner Glass (3), Craig Adams (2)
2 - 0 PIT
03:01
PIT
PPG - Kris Letang (2) ASST: Matt Niskanen (8), Evgeni Malkin (8)
3 - 0 PIT
05:34
PIT
Jayson Megna (2) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (3), Evgeni Malkin (9)
4 - 0 PIT
09:56
CBJ
Derek MacKenzie (1) ASST: Nick Foligno (3), Jack Johnson (2)
4 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
19:14
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (4) ASST: R.J. Umberger (6), James Wisniewski (9)
4 - 2 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
07:05
CBJ
David Savard  Hooking against  Evgeni Malkin
12:37
PIT
Kris Letang  Cross checking against  R.J. Umberger
17:23
PIT
Craig Adams  Cross checking against  Derek MacKenzie
2nd Period
02:12
CBJ
James Wisniewski  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
06:42
PIT
Dustin Jeffrey  Tripping against  Michael Chaput
20:00
CBJ
Blake Comeau  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Niskanen
20:00
PIT
Matt Niskanen  Fighting (maj) against  Blake Comeau
3rd Period
00:25
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
04:26
CBJ
Jack Johnson  Hi-sticking against  Evgeni Malkin
19:34
PIT
Kris Letang  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 14TOI: 36:26
Saves: 13EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 13TOI: 23:01
Saves: 10EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
10-2-0
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .949SH: 1 - 1
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