Skip to content

Penguins clinch playoff berth with win over Blue Jackets

Mar 28, 2014, 10:23 PM EST

Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Hawks’ Shaw to miss just third game in three seasons

    Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 PM EST

    St. Louis at Chicago St. Louis at Chicago

    Meanwhile, Adam Clendening will make his NHL debut tonight vs. Calgary.

  2. Trade: Montreal adds more D, acquires Allen from Ducks for Bourque

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:27 PM EST

    Bryan Allen Bryan Allen

    The Canadiens are stockpiling blueliners, it seems.

  3. Trade: Oilers get Lain, Canucks get Acton

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:24 PM EST

    Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks Getty Images

    Former teammates at Lake Superior State University, traded for each other.

  4. Voynov maintains innocence, ‘extremely disappointed’ in charges

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:13 PM EST

    Slava Voynov AP

    “Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court. We remain confident.”

  5. Roy wants Avs’ focus on the task at hand, not the standings or the schedule

    Nov 20, 2014, 4:53 PM EST

    Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

    “I don’t even remember who we play the next game.”

  6. (Video) PHT Extra: Carlyle’s on the hot seat, Hartley’s riding high

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:55 PM EST

    Randy Carlyle Randy Carlyle

    A look at two of the NHL’s most intriguing coaching situations.

  7. Welcome Dion Phaneuf to the trade rumor mill

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:24 PM EST

    TORONTO, ON - DECEMEBER 19: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 19, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in an overtime shoot-out. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Are the Leafs married to mediocrity?

  8. Goalie nods: Lack starts in Kesler’s Vancouver return

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:41 PM EST

    Eddie Lack Eddie Lack

    News and notes from around the crease…

  9. After 12-game absence, Connolly back for Bolts

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:14 PM EST

    Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning

    But the guy head coach Jon Cooper really wants back is Victor Hedman.

  10. Yeo on Vanek: ‘We have to get him going’

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:07 PM EST

    Minnesota Wild v Anaheim Ducks Getty Images

    Prized free agent signing has just one goal in 17 games.

  11. Next 10 games won’t be easy for Flyers

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:03 PM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers Getty Images

    Nine of 10 against teams that made the playoffs last season.

  12. For Eakins’ Oilers, progress means losing one-goal games, as opposed to getting blown out

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:19 PM EST

    DallasEakins2 Getty Images

    Edmonton lost again last night, and made a number of glaring mistakes in the process.

  13. Risky business: ‘Canes claim Nestrasil off waivers from Detroit

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:12 PM EST

    Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs Getty Images

    Wings GM Ken Holland acknowledged he took a gamble.

  14. Hextall launched profanity-laced tirade against Flyers last night

    Nov 20, 2014, 10:49 AM EST

    Flyers Draft Hockey AP

    Following a listless 2-0 defeat to the Rangers.

  15. With blueline banged up, B’s recall Trotman

    Nov 20, 2014, 10:39 AM EST

    Minnesota Wild v Boston Bruins Minnesota Wild v Boston Bruins

    He’s played nine games for Boston this year.

  16. Laich not sure when he’ll play following failed return

    Nov 20, 2014, 9:51 AM EST

    Brooks Laich Getty Images

    He’s only participated in six games so far.

Featured video

Coaches in and out of the hot seat

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. V. Hedman (2863)
  2. P. Sharp (2264)
  3. P. Datsyuk (2260)
  4. P. Dupuis (2137)
  5. J. Harding (2101)
  1. T. Hall (2062)
  2. C. Perry (1988)
  3. D. Krejci (1795)
  4. O. Maatta (1780)
  5. Z. Parise (1753)