Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead

18 April, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Live look: Penguins vs. Blue Jackets, Game 2

On Friday, Crosby had a goal and two assists, Guentzel added a goal and an assist and Sheary provided a heads-up assist as Pittsburgh beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 to seize a 2-0 lead in a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Columbus Blue Jackets had one heck of a season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are putting them out to pasture through the first two games of their first-round series.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were frustrated Friday night and Matt Calvert made this very apparent when he chose to cross-check Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl right after the game. Crosby did it for most of Game 2, and Evgeni Malkin got in on the act with his 49th career playoff goal.

Fleury finished with 39 saves while filling in for the injured Matt Murray, and received plenty of help.

On a night when the Blue Jackets found some answers for their goal-scoring malaise, they ultimately couldn't stop the Penguins.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, left, of Russian Federation, makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist, bottom right, of Sweden, as Nick Bonino, top right, and Jack Johnson fight for position during the first perio.

The Penguins won 5-4, giving them a 3-0 series lead, and Werenski took to Twitter to show off his battle scar.

"Game 4 is always the most hard", he said.

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The Crosby line was held without a point Wednesday in a 3-1 Penguins' win. "They're pretty fast and they have a lot of skill". Werenski returned in the third period with a full facemask and a significant cut and bruise under his right eye - he tweeted a photo of his face after the game that showed his eye almost swollen shut. Anything short of a four-game suspension would be way too short.

Guentzel scored Pittsburgh's first goal in the opening period and got another in the third period before beating Bobrovsky for the victor in OT. Fleury is in the zone right now, and we know the Penguins will need him to head-off the Jackets in Game 4.

The third goal, a result of deft manoeuvring by Sidney Crosby behind Columbus' net, was Guentzel's fourth of the playoffs and his 13th since February turned to March, dating to the regular season.

"When you're playing a goalie like (Sergei) Bobrovsky you have to get your shots off quick", Guentzel said. Calvert should have gotten much more than just two minutes - this should have been a match penalty.

Nonetheless, in his first three playoff games, he has two game-winning goals.

Almost halfway through the period, Conor Sheary made a great chase for the puck in the offensive zone, beating Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to the puck.

Guentzel restored the Penguins' lead at 2-1 just 51 seconds later.

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