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Blue Jackets head home to host Penguins in Game 3 with inside track to series up for grabs

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blue Jackets head home to host Penguins in Game 3 with inside track to series up for grabs

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After an injury-filled regular season, about the last thing the Pittsburgh Penguins needed or expected was a major struggle early in the playoffs.

Yet that is exactly what they're getting from the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets, a cellar-dweller for many of their first 12 seasons, shocked the mighty Penguins 4-3 in two overtimes on Saturday night to tie their first-round Stanley Cup series at a game apiece. Now the Penguins, under fire from media and fans in their hometown due to their own recent failures in the post-season, must find a way to turn things around on Monday night in Game 3.

A rollicking capacity crowd will be lying in wait in Columbus for only the third home playoff game in Blue Jackets history.

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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday
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