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Get your game notes: Penguins at Blue Jackets

Apr 28, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT

Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Niskanen AP

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

— The team that’s scored first has lost all five games in this series. In every other series this postseason, the team that scores first is 26-10. After four straight games in which the team down by two goals came back to win in this series, there was no such comeback Saturday in Game 5, a 3-1 Pittsburgh victory.

— Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury bounced back from Game 4 to help Pittsburgh win Game 5, stopping 23 of Columbus’ 24 shots. Fleury has yet to post back-to-back wins in this series and has only won consecutive playoff games twice in the previous three postseasons (2012 ECQF Game 4 and 5 vs. Philadelphia; 2011 ECQF Game 3 and 4 vs. Tampa Bay).

— Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky faced more shots (190) through the first five games of this postseason than any other goalie. In Game 5, last year’s Vezina Trophy winner faced 50 shots, turning away 48 in the loss. Only Chicago’s Corey Crawford has faced more shots in a single game this postseason — 52, in a 3-OT loss against St. Louis in Game 1. For the Penguins, it was the first time since Game 2 of the 2008 ECQF against Ottawa that they had at least 50 shots in a regulation postseason game. In the second period, the Penguins had 21 shots, matching a franchise playoff record for one frame.

— Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma tweaked his lines in Game 5 in order to feature Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line. Although neither was able to snap the longest postseason goal-scoring droughts of their careers — Crosby (10), Malkin (9) — they combined for eight shots, their second-highest total of this series since they had nine in Game 2. Crosby added an assist on Chris Kunitz’s power play goal in the second period Saturday, his fifth assist of the series.

— Of the 32 goals that have been recorded in this series, 15 have come via special teams (46.9% – 11 PPG, 4 SHG), the most of any first-round series. In Game 5, Columbus scored on the power play for the second straight game and in the fourth game overall in this series. Dating back to the regular season, Columbus has scored a power play goal in 13 of its last 16 games. The Blue Jackets are now 6-22 (27.3%) on the power play in the series, the third-best mark in the postseason. Boone Jenner scored the power play goal Saturday, while Ryan Johansen had one of the assists. The two are tied for the team lead in power play points—Jenner (2-2—4), Johansen (2-2—4). Jenner, the 20-year-old Canadian rookie, has a point in each game of this series and 11 points in his last 10 games, dating back to the regular season.

— In the past three games of this series, the winning team has out shot its opponent by 21 or more shots.



  1. hockey412 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Hadn’t realized the shot disparity, that is crazy. Should be the best game of the series tonight, hopefully. There’s a lot of fight in the Blue Jackets.

  2. joey4id - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Buckle up baby! The Pens are coming for you.

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      At the 1:40 mark, his actions remind me of how Fleury reacts to giving up a shoot-out goal.

      P.S. No disrespect. I like the Pens, and I like Fleury.

      • killerpgh - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Is my computer screwed up? The clip it’s showing me is only :03 seconds long.

      • patthehockeyfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        killerpgh – Try clicking on the link beneath the clip. That will take you to a CNN site with the entire video.

  3. mordock57 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Bobrovsky has been phenomenal in this series, truly the only reason it hasn’t ended sooner. The Pens need to throw the kitchen sink and everything else at him just to get two goals past him. We’ll see if they can put up another 50 shots tonight. Fleury has also been outstanding, regardless of what many of the over-reactionary fan base has said. Time to see if he can close out the series strong.

    • hockey412 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Most of the fan base, including pretty much all of the local media, believe that Fleury has been excellent. It’s the fan bases outside of Pittsburgh, and the media outlets outside of Pittsburgh, that think otherwise – just to clear that up.

      • mordock57 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        I have to disagree. I said fan base (and not media) for a reason… because I watched virtually every person I know who watches the Pens turn into a convulsing lunatic at the end of game 4, blaming Fleury for the loss and condemning him to several different circles of hell. People can’t let go of previous seasons and focus on the present, where he’s been their best player in this series.

      • hockey412 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Fair enough, though I’m not sure how many people “virtually every person I know who watches the Pens” entails. Here in Pittsburgh, most people I know who watches the Pens, which is every person I know, were under the impression that he was playing very well and made a dumb play.

      • hockey412 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        actually if you look below you’ll see some examples of what I’m talking about.

    • hockey412 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Also, it was the fans that were pumping Fleury’s tires before and during the last game…

      • miketoasty - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        This I can agree with, I was at the game on Saturday and before the National Anthem was sung there was already a Fleury chant going.

      • pats2001 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        you guys should have traded for tim thomas at the deadline. could have had him for a 4th round draft pick. i’m glad you didnt. Go Jackets.

      • hockey412 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Yep…Tim Thomas proved himself to be a vital asset this year. Vital.

      • killerpgh - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Would that be the same Tim Thomas who put up an save% of .800 and a GAA of 4.00 in the 1st round this year with the Stars? No thanks.

  4. bbmadface - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    this has been a highly entertaining series. both goalies have played good games and unless bobrovsky plays the game of his life I don’t see the series coming back to Pittsburgh. especially if the pens are getting 40-50 shots

  5. pats2001 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    if he had gotten the chance to play in the playoffs, there’s a good chance he would have played lights out. that guy holds a grudge like no other, so it wouldnt have surprised me if he played well to try and stick it to the Bruins (even though they didnt do anything wrong with him). i’d have to think he’d be a better option than the guy that gave up those awful goals at the end of game 4. but just to be clear, i obviously couldn’t care less. just sayin. go Jackets.

    • miketoasty - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Sounds an awful lot like you care, considering you won’t stop talking about it.

      Fleury has been the best player on the Pens roster this season (Some close competition but really is the only reason the Pens are still in this).

      I didn’t realize he was the only goalie in the entire NHL that let in soft goals, oh wait, I seem to remember Howard in the Bruins – Wings series throwing a puck right to a Bruin who scored on him, at least Fleury had an unfortunate bounce not a giveaway that led straight to the goal.

      Actually, I remember two terrible goals in the Stanley Cup finals last season scored on Rask that lost them the series. Funny, how quickly people forget things. Why didn’t you replace him with Thomas since he’s such a terrible goalie?

      • pats2001 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        hahaha…such hostility from the penguin fans…yikes i’m outta here. go Jackets

      • miketoasty - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Well see yea, I guess having someone actually shoot back facts is too much for you to take.

      • pats2001 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        you got it mike toasty, you showed me!!!! fleury is def the best player on your team. watch out for those dump ins on net in overtime…those are a doozy

      • killerpgh - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        We have never seen Rask make a bad play on the puck or anything like that.

      • pats2001 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        i never suggested that rask was infallible, and i don’t think he’s the best goalie in the league either. all i suggested was that the penguins brass should have highly considered trading for thomas as a backup plan in case fleury doesnt play well. i’ve seen first hand how well thomas can play if he gets regular starts on a half decent team. and i was just trying to have a semi constructive hockey discussion with you pens fans since i know how easily some of you can get riled up on these comment sections. but i guess you guys you guys are the only knowledgeable hockey fans on this site. and scratch the go jackets from earlier…i hope you guys win so we have a chance to meet again in the ECF. godspeed

      • miketoasty - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        “you got it mike toasty, you showed me!!!! fleury is def the best player on your team. watch out for those dump ins on net in overtime…those are a doozy”

        Such constructive, much hockey, so informative, wow.

  6. earpaniac - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I hadn’t realized the shot disparity was that huge, and actually the amount of shots thrown at Bob. That’s impressive on both ends.

  7. blue21c - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Hopefully Pens fans go home crying in their Iron City and complaining about Fluery and Sid the Squid.

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