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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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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic