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Blue Jackets win in double OT to even series

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 2:40 AM

Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com

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Blue Jackets win in double OT to even series
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Calvert
1st
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:26
Jack Johnson
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 38:21
Brian Gibbons
3rd
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 2:26

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.”

PIVOTAL MOMENT
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.

THREE STARS
1. MATT CALVERT (CBJ)

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

2. JACK JOHNSON (CBJ)

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.

3. BRIAN GIBBONS (PIT)

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

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VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
MONDAY, 7 PM
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scoring summary
1st Period
03:30
PIT
Brian Gibbons (1) ASST: Matt Niskanen (2), Sidney Crosby (2)
1 - 0 PIT
04:24
PIT
SHG - Brian Gibbons (2) ASST: Paul Martin (3), Brooks Orpik (1)
2 - 0 PIT
05:07
CBJ
PPG - Ryan Johansen (1) ASST: David Savard (1), Ryan Murray (1)
2 - 1 PIT
17:52
PIT
PPG - Matt Niskanen (2) ASST: Paul Martin (4), Sidney Crosby (3)
3 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
07:31
CBJ
SHG - Matt Calvert (1) ASST: Artem Anisimov (1), David Savard (2)
3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
13:59
CBJ
PPG - Jack Johnson (2) ASST: Ryan Johansen (1), Boone Jenner (2)
3 - 3 Tie
1st OT Period
NONE
2nd OT Period
01:10
CBJ
Matt Calvert (2) ASST: Cam Atkinson (1), Brandon Dubinsky (2)
4 - 3 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
04:08
PIT
Joe Vitale  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Sergei Bobrovsky
13:01
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
16:53
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky  Slashing against  Craig Adams
20:00
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Roughing against  Matt Calvert
2nd Period
02:14
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Cross checking against  Rob Scuderi
06:25
CBJ
Blake Comeau  Roughing against  Paul Martin
08:40
CBJ
Blake Comeau  Tripping against  Paul Martin
3rd Period
00:55
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky  Boarding against  Paul Martin
05:07
PIT
Craig Adams  Hi-sticking against  Sergei Bobrovsky
11:38
PIT
Rob Scuderi  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
13:31
PIT
Kris Letang  Interference against  Matt Calvert
1st OT Period
01:50
PIT
Paul Martin  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Johansen
10:25
CBJ
Jack Johnson  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
18:33
CBJ
Blake Comeau  Interference against  Brooks Orpik
2nd OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 42TOI: 81:10
Saves: 39EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .929SH: 1 - 2
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
1-1-0
SA: 45TOI: 81:10
Saves: 41EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .911SH: 2 - 3
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