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Get your game notes: Penguins at Jackets

Apr 21, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

Matt Calvert AP

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Columbus Blue Jackets hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins starting at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Game 2 saw several franchise firsts for the Blue Jackets in their sixth-ever postseason game. The Jackets picked up their first postseason win in their first postseason overtime game, thanks in large part to their first-ever two-goal scorer in the playoffs, double-overtime hero Matt Calvert.

• Of the 17 games played this postseason, five have featured comebacks from two goals down to win. The Pittsburgh-Columbus series has featured two of those. In Game 1, the Penguins won 4-3 after falling behind 3-1, and in Game 2, the Blue Jackets followed the same script, scoring three unanswered goals in their 4-3 double-overtime win.

• Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 41 of 45 shots in Game 2, but failed to pick up the win. Since the beginning of the 2010 playoffs, seven goalies participating in these playoffs have made at least 30 starts. Fleury is one of three goaltenders in that group with a losing record.


• This series versus Columbus marks the eighth consecutive postseason series (since 2010) in which the Penguins have played Games 1 and 2 on home ice. Of those series, they won both games only once, in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals versus Ottawa. (They won that series in five games.) In the four series in which they split the first two with their opponents during that span, Pittsburgh was 4-0 on the road in Game 3.

• Nine of the 14 combined goals (64.3%) scored have been scored in odd-man situations. Six of those goals came on the power play (Columbus is 3-for-10 so far this series, Pittsburgh is 3-for-11), led by Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen’s NHL-high two PPG, while three came shorthanded (Derek MacKenzie and Matt Calvert for Columbus, Brian Gibbons for Pittsburgh).

• Penguins center Evgeni Malkin needs one point to become just the sixth player in Penguins history –and second active skater, alongside teammate Sidney Crosby – to register 100 career postseason points.


  1. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Howard being one of the three goalies with a losing record since 2010 is kinda surprising.

    I woulda easily guessed Henry and Fleury.

  2. laxman1944 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Well…….2 home games and 2 NO shows from the 2 best players in the world…….yet Pitt is up two.

    Columbus gets a win tonight…..uh oh

    • hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Pitt is up two?

      • laxman1944 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        You would never know.

        I would think their zealots would be out in force today declaring the parade is going to be most glorious.


        is something a miss??

      • hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Just confused. The series is tied 1-1.

      • edseverson3 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        laxman1944 is a troll. He doesn’t read much or he would know that most Pens fans have been saying anything but to plan a parade. They have complained about coaching, Scuderi, Adams on the PK, having Glass, and Vitale in over Megna. So maybe invest some time into these things before you bring your mouth breathing opinions here.

    • tsi431 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Crosby has 3 points and Malkin has 2 points. Hardly a no show.

      In fact, I will take it a step further.

      These “no shows” would be #1 and #5 in scoring over the course of the season (82 games), instead of two games using those averages (123 points and 82 respectfully).

      • laxman1944 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        Only the playoffs matter……you should know that.

        Niskanin has been outstanding though…he gets shut down…..oh boy

  3. blue21c - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    LET’S GO JACKETS!!!!!!!!!

  4. govtminion - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    After watching the first two games of this series, I know this for sure- as good as the Red Wings are, I’m sure glad as a Bruins fan that we didn’t get Columbus in the first round… that team scares the hell out of me. Congrats on that first win- I’m willing to bet it isn’t their last in this round.

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