BLUE JACKETS 4 | PENGUINS 3
Boone Jenner Post Game
Nick Foligno Post Game
Ryan Johansen Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Jack Johnson Goal
Boone Jenner Penalty Shot Goal
ANALYSIS: Another great period of hockey and as you'd expect, the Penguins came back with a strong push in the second period to even things up after 40 minutes. It took a while to get to that point, as we had some more fisticuffs and disagreements in the middle frame - highlighted by a mini-scrap between Steve Downie and Brandon Dubinsky. Familiar face in a new place Blake Comeau scored the 1-1 goal on a bad angle wrist shot that appeared to deflect in off Jack Johnson before beating Sergei Bobrovsky under the crossbar at 15:06. Rob Klinkhammer made a nice play to take David Savard out of the play and allow Paul Martin to feed the puck to Comeau, who showed that heavy shot we saw for two seasons in Columbus. Shots are 19-15 favoring Pittsburgh...buckle up for a great third period!
Second Period Highlights
One of the most entertaining periods of hockey we've seen in this building all season, and it ends with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 on Nick Foligno's team-leading 14th goal of the season. It was a power play marker on the Jackets' first man advantage opportunity, and Boone Jenner's centering pass around a sliding Penguins defender landed right in Foligno's lap with virtually a wide open net. There was a melee late in the period, too, started by a hit by Brandon Dubinsky and then all hell broke loose. Dalton Prout and Jordan Leopold both found dance partners and Dubinsky got the extra penalty, which Columbus killed off with little harm done. The Blue Jackets know they need to keep level and stay out of the box, but they gave Pittsburgh three power plays in the first 20 minutes.
Nick Foligno Goal
First Period Highlights
Ryan Johansen Pregame
Jordan Leopold Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (11:10 AM): - Todd Richards, talking about the Penguins lineup: "They've got injuries on their side, and we've got injuries on our side. So I think it's a different look based off of that. But watching their game last night and knowing the players, they work. They skate, they work, and we've got to be ready for that." Richards said he did not intend to chase matchups unless the course of the game forced him to do so.
- Even without Crosby in the lineup, Richards knows the Penguins have offensive weapons, noting the blue line in particular.
"They have some guys on the back end who are ready to jump and ready to skate," said Richards, noting it was a point of discussion in his locker room during last year's playoffs. "I guarantee you [Letang] is going to be jumping and he's going to be ready to skate. Ehrhoff, I know him having coached him in San Jose, he's a guy that will look to get up the ice, too."
- The Blue Jackets killed five of six penalties against the second-ranked Capitals power play, and will need a similar effort against the Penguins' power play, the best in the league. Richards said that staying out of the box will again be a point of emphasis.
"I think going on the PK for that much time is hard against a team like [Washington]," said David Savard, who played 5:56 on the kill. "I think Bobrovsky did a great job, everyone stuck with the system, and it's huge for the team."
UPDATE (10:05 AM): Here are the lines and pairs used in today's skate...
UPDATE (10:00 AM): A good sign for the Blue Jackets is Fedor Tyutin (knee) on the ice again this morning. He will not play tonight, Todd Richards said yesterday, but it's possible for him to return Tuesday in Detroit.
UPDATE (9:30 AM): No morning skate for Pittsburgh today. Mike Johnston is expected to meet the media around 5 p.m.
UPDATE (9:25 AM): The Penguins announced Friday that captain Sidney Crosby will be held out of this weekend's games for precautionary reasons. GM Jim Rutherford said they don't yet know if Crosby has the mumps - which has been making its way around the NHL this season - but he stayed back in Pittsburgh to undergo testing.
MORNING UPDATE: Good morning, everyone!
We hope you're rested and ready to get back into the game day routine, because the Blue Jackets are seeking their sixth win in a row tonight at Nationwide Arena. To add another layer of fun to this game, the Pittsburgh Penguins are in town to revive last year's intense Metropolitan Division rivalry, a rivalry that really took shape in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
It's a different-looking Penguins team now (in a lot of ways), with new coach Mike Johnston installing a brand new system that's got the Penguins' skilled lineup playing a high-octane style in all three zones. Gone is star sniper James Neal, traded to Nashville on the draft floor in June and in comes Patric Hornqvist, a spirited and fearless forward who's not shy about going to the front of the net.
On top of that, the division-leading Penguins are getting exquisite goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury, who already has five shutouts this season.
Whether Fleury plays tonight remains to be seen, as Pittsburgh had a home game last night against the Calgary Flames. It's possible that Thomas Greiss gets the start but we'll post an official update when it becomes available.
The Blue Jackets are on the ice at 10 a.m. for their morning skate and Bob McElligott will be bringing it to you LIVE with a special edition of #CBJin30. You'll get exclusive access to the Blue Jackets' morning tune-up and hear from coach Todd Richards before anyone else - so keep it locked right here throughout the morning.
A few notes to start your Saturday:
- Scott Hartnell will miss two weeks with a broken finger, it was announced yesterday. Hartnell suffered the injury during Thursday's win in Washington, and in the wake of his injury, the team recalled Kerby Rychel from Springfield. Rychel had three points (all assists) in four games with Columbus last week.
- Sergei Bobrovsky is your expected starter between the pipes.
- Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray both took part in Friday's optional practice at Nationwide Arena but neither will play tonight. Tyutin is getting closer to a return while Murray's status remains week-to-week.