Barely 20 seconds into the match, Boone Jenner was called for slashing Justin Schultz. Pittsburgh at the power play. Nothing could materialize for the Penguins with the men's advantage and 5c5 hockey resumed.
Right out of the box, Boone Jenner gave the Blue Jackets 1-0 a lead. First shot, first goal.
Matt Murray has been able to react with two massive saves to try to mitigate the Blue Jackets' quick attack. Columbus came out of the door and visibly looked like a team with their season on the line.
Adam McQuaid and Patric Hornqvist were penalized after a short scrum and a four-four hockey game ensued. While it was 11:25, David Savard was called for interfering with Evgeni Malkin, giving Pittsburgh a 4-on-3 power play. The Penguins fell to 0-2 on the powerplay after another Jackets attack .
An equal punishment was inevitable for the Blue Jackets and Zach Aston-Reese was made to slice Artemi Panarin. A strong penalty by the Penguins would resume the game with equal strength.
Nick Bjugstad was named for hitting Boone Jenner 45 seconds from the end of the period.
The period would end and everyone was able to catch their breath after a very quick first session.
The remaining penalty time of the first period has expired without any purpose being scored. However, another penalty was called, as Seth Jones was called to stumble and as Pittsburgh returned on the powerplay. It must have been close to sentence no. 69 up to now in the match.
What was not so good was Cam Atkinson who scored a penalty-kill goal 30 seconds into the power play of the Penguins. 2-0 Blue Jackets.
The power play of the Penguins expired with the team holding a goose egg on the scoreboard.
Zach Aston-Reese would reduce the lead in two with 13 minutes to go after a quick pass from Evgeni Malkin. It was Geno's 998th career goal after recording the main assist.
Matt Murray, people … Wow.
The frantic game and pace of the period slowed down somewhat compared to the first period.
The clock would reach three zeros, with the Blue Jackets retaining a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
As expected, the third period did not have many opportunities for both teams. Everyone said that this game would create a playoff atmosphere and that billing would be delivered.
Seven minutes from the end of the match, Jake Guentzel was penalized for interference.
The Penguins have managed a tremendous numerical disadvantage to keep the game to a goal.
Oliver Bjorkstrand gave the jackets the insurance goal they were looking for, three minutes from the end of regulation time. 3-1 CBJ.
Matt Murray was fired two and a half minutes from the end, but Cam Atkinson recorded the EN. 4-1 CBJ.
Matt Murray was just exceptional tonight, making many backups that could easily be called "year candidates".
- The rest of the team, however, did not show up. The lack of success in the power play is one of the main reasons for the defeat of the Penguins. Without Murray, it would have been a well-defined snoozer.
- With the Penguins failing to qualify for the Blue Jackets season, Columbus earned two valuable points as they straighten their boat and qualify for the playoffs. Columbus now has 79 points and is in the middle of the wild card battle.
- Pittsburgh does not have time to rest because they are back in the game tomorrow night when they go home to play against the Boston Bruins.