Here are a few takeaways from Pittsburgh's 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena…
-Carl Hagelin made his preseason debut for Pittsburgh. He certainly hasn't lost his blazing speed. Hagelin blitzed through the Blue Jackets team for a breakaway, though Sergei Bobrovsky made the save. In the second period Hagelin used his speed to negate an icing call.
-Scott Wilson finished with one highly impressive preseason. He finished the campaign with 5 points (2G-3A) in 5 games after picking up 1 goal and 2 helpers against the Blue Jackets. And more importantly, he seems comfortable and has fit in on a line with Evgeni Malkin.
-Oliver Bjorkstrand had himself a 2-goal game, though he really only scored once. Bjorkstrane had the puck behind the net near the end of the first period. It appeared that his shot banked off of Marc-Andre Fleury and into the net. But upon further review, the puck actually went THROUGH the netting from behind. The referees didn't catch the play so the goal stands, but we know the truth.
-The Pens had 2 goals disallowed in the contest due to goalie interference. Nick Bonino skated through the crease for a rebound and bumped into Bobrovsky before scoring. The goal was waved off immediately, and was not overturned by a coach's challenge. On the second Tom Sestito had a shot and then barreled into Bobrovsky as Cullen deposited the rebound. Both were the right call by the officials.
-The only Pens regular to not appear in the preseason was captain Sidney Crosby. He was originally schedule to be in the lineup, but he wasn't feeling well when he arrived at the rink. With all the games he played in the World Cup of Hockey, the coaching staff wanted to hold him out. Head coach Mike Sullivan doesn't think the Crosby illness will be long-term.