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By The Numbers: Penguins at Blue Jackets

by Kristyn Repke / Columbus Blue Jackets

Welcome to By The Numbers. Here, we'll break down the most important facts, figures and statistics from that night's game. Despite the final score, there's more to the game's story than the numbers on the scoreboard.

Here's a look at some of the most notable statistics and numbers from the Blue Jackets' 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena:

3 - Corey Tropp's plus-minus rating tonight. He scored a beautiful highlight-reel goal to tie the game at two in the second period. He was on the ice for every Blue Jackets goal scored and for zero of the Penguins' goals.

4 - Pucks sent into the crowd, which ties the season high for Nationwide Arena in the 2013-14 season.

8 - Hits registered by Derek MacKenzie, which is his season high and was the highest on-ice total by an individual in tonight's contest. He also recorded an assist, finished the game plus-2 and recorded 14:05 total ice ice time.

8 - The goal differential in four Blue Jackets' losses to the Penguins this season. They've been outscored 14-6 in those match-ups.

17 - Points for the Blue Jackets' No. 17 (Brandon Dubinsky) in 16 Metropolitan Division games this season. He scored the Blue Jackets' first goal tonight, making his total 5G-13A-17P and kept his point streak alive at three games (1G-2A-3P).

31 - Faceoffs taken by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. He won 19 for a win percentage of 61.

47 - Goals for the Penguins this season in the third period, which currently ranks second in the NHL. The Blue Jackets allowed three third period goals to them tonight and now have 44 goals against in the final 20 minutes of play this season.

50 - Percent success rate for the Penguins on the power play, as they scored three goals on six opportunities tonight. They have scored 36 power play goals this season, which is currently second in the NHL.

50 - Hits for the Blue Jackets tonight, which surpasses their previous season total of 45 against the Oilers on Nov. 19. That hit total is the sixth highest in the NHL this season.

71 - Shot attempts for the Blue Jackets tonight. They recorded 28 shots on Zatkoff, had 22 shots blocked by Penguins skaters and missed 21 shots.

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