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Get your game notes: Penguins at Blue Jackets

Apr 23, 2014, 10:58 AM EST

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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:

• The winning team in the Pittsburgh-Columbus series has come back from a 3-1 deficit in all three games. In Game 3,
the Penguins and Blue Jackets became the first teams in NHL history to play three consecutive games in one playoff
year – in one series or spanning two series – with the winning team having overcome a deficit of two or more goals in each game. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• In Game 3, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin became the sixth player in Penguins history to register 100 career postseason points when he assisted on Jussi Jokinen’s game-winning goal. Malkin was the fourth-fastest Pens player to reach that milestone, needing 86 playoff games. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Four of the most prolific offensive players on the Penguins team, Sidney Crosby, Malkin, James Neal and Kris Letang have a combined zero goals this series. This prolongs a collective postseason goal drought by the quartet that goes back to Game 5 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinal series vs. Ottawa. The four notoriously went without a goal or assist in the Eastern Conference Final vs. Boston.

• The Blue Jackets have registered 164 hits through three games (54.7/game), second-most among all teams this postseason (Los Angeles – 169). Of the 12 players league-wide with 16 or more hits, four are on Columbus: Brandon Dubinsky (22 – most in the NHL), Derek MacKenzie (18), Blake Comeau (17) and Boone Jenner (16).

• Penguins defenseman Paul Martin has recorded two assists in each of the first three games of this series. Martin, who is tied for the NHL lead with six assists (with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon), became the first Penguins player to record three consecutive multi-assist playoff games since Hockey Hall of Famer Paul Coffey did so in four straight contests in April 1989. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Almost half (14) of the 33 points the Penguins have registered this series have come from defensemen, led by Martin and Matt Niskanen (four). No other team has more than 11 points from blueliners. The Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson leads all defensemen with three goals, one in each game.

• The Penguins are playing in their eighth consecutive best-of-seven series (since 2010) in which they hold home-ice advantage. This series marks the fifth time they’ve split the first two games, and all five times, they’ve won Game 3 on the road. They are 2-2 in the previous Game 4s. Last season, they defeated the N.Y. Islanders 5-4 in overtime in Game 3, then lost Game 4 by a 6-4 count.

• The Penguins, who tied Washington for the NHL lead in power-play efficiency (23.4 percent) during the regular season, lead all postseason teams with 17 power-play opportunities. They have scored on three of those opportunities, but have also allowed an NHL-high two shorthanded goals to the Blue Jackets.

  1. dmarado - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Not much to say about CBJ? :(

    • hockey412 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Dubinsky has been a monster all series, and is a big part of the reason Crosby can’t get going, and to some degree part of the reason he is turning the puck over so much (of course, a lot of that is on Crosby too). They’ve all played great, very impressed.

      • dirt2013 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        With what is being allowed in the playoffs we are on our way back to when the Florida Panthers went to the finals. Dubinsky is one of the players that leads me to that thought process. The first game of this series was a joke in what they allowed him to do.

      • hockey412 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        He did get away with some in game one, I’ll give you that. I think he’s been stellar since then, though. Stellar enough that Kunitz and Crosby are minus players right now, and he is not.

  2. toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Pens win 4-2, Sid goes off tonight. Stamp it

    • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      And I’ll FLUSH it

  3. whammy71 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Pens win 5-1…and you can take that one to the bank. The BJs are getting ready to roll over! Also, I don’t give 2 craps who scores. I cheer for the logo….not the name on the back. Tanner Glass could have a hat trick….while Adams and Maatta each put one in. With Geno, Sid, Neal and Kuny going pointless and all taking bad penalties. Its all about the W this time of year!

    TC – no disrespect….just a personal feeling.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      The come from behind win the other night ended this series for the jackets if your keeping it real the jackets are not in the same league as the pens fans standing instead of sitting wont get it done i would personally like to thank columbus for paticipating in this years post season

    • toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      You have to feel a huge game coming from Sid though…Right?? It’s going to happen sooner or later unless he repeats his performance from Boston

      • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Toilet…….you sound oh so worried about precious Sid…..it’s ok go get your blankie

  4. blue21c - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    The Sid the Squid love fest ends tonight. Let’s go Jackets!!!!!!

    • hockey412 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      You know…I think that just might be a new one! I don’t understand the relevance of ‘squid’ at all, but hey who cares, it’s new!

  5. blue21c - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Penguins is practically chickens!!!!

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Now you are just not trying at all

  6. patthehockeyfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    If one team goes up 2 – 1, wanna bet they don’t try to score, and just SIT ON THE PUCK?

    A 3 – 1 score in this series is the kiss of death.

  7. laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    It’s been a good series so far and looking forward to watching tonight.

    Blue doesn’t slack off they got a good chance to even it up.

    Nothing better than NHL Playoff Hockey……enjoy gentleman…..Yes even you too “Toilet”

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