Apr 21, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT
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.
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