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Penguins clinch playoff berth with win over Blue Jackets

Mar 28, 2014, 10:23 PM EST

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Not much of a surprise here, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Yes, Sidney Crosby and his bunch clinched a post-season berth with a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

The Penguins got goals from Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett only 47 seconds apart in the third period to defeat the Blue Jackets by a final score of 2-1. The Penguins, having also put to an end a three-game losing streak, are still well out in front of the Metropolitan Division with 99 points.

However, the loss could have a huge impact on the Blue Jackets, and their playoff aspirations. Columbus is one of four teams currently tied with 80 points, but looking to grab the two Wild Card spots in the East. The math: two of those four teams, at some points, are going to pull ahead and grab those remaining spots.

The other two, well, it will be the opposite.

The Blue Jackets did get some help, as the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Philadelphia Flyers and have now been defeated in seven straight games.

  1. killerpgh - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    I was a little surprised to see that Penguins now have the 3rd longest consecutive playoff stretch currently going on. If the Red Wing fail to make it only the Sharks would have a longer streak.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    One would think that for a team with a chance of getting into the playoffs would have a strong fan support. Wrong! Columbus has a way to go with building a strong fan support.

    • Eric Broz - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      There were a lot of Pens fans there supporting their playoff drive.

      Oh.

      Wait.

      Game was in Columbus. My bad.

  3. c9castine - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    good game by both teams. columbus would be a tough opponent but they are a bit thin up front for a full 7 game series with the Pens I believe.

    adjusted the defensive approach a little bit and it seems to put a stopper on the odd man rushes with few exceptions. also redesigned the power play with jokinen playing the point. truth be told better Jokinen there than maatta, as silly as the sounds form a defensive standpoint. juice one of the more intelligent players around.

    fleury was excellent and quite honestly has been playing really we this time. not like the Pens were getting blown out. lost 4 1-goal games in a row.

    nice to win one again.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Thank you Pittsburgh. Will always hate you but please keep beating the Eastern bubble teams outside of Philadelphia. Hopefully we meet again in the playoffs.

  5. whammy71 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!

    All injured players will return….Sid will lead, a Geno will dominate and MAF will be a wall!

    Block off the streets and plan the parade!!!

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