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Playoff Gameday: Round One, Game Three: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Series Tied 1-1

Root Sports, NBCSN, FS-O, CBC, RDS2 – 7:00 pm/et
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH

If the Penguins lose this game, we hope that you have your underground bunker fully stocked. It’s okay though, because Chris Conner is back up.

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Brian Gibbons did not skate today and is listed as “day-to-day.” Also, the power play will look different.

Leading Scorers:
Penguins: Matt Niskanen (2G, 2A, 4P)
Blue Jackets: Jack Johnson (2G, 1A, 3P)

Likely Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-1-0, 2.98 GAA, .911 Sv%)
Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky (1-1-0, 3.00 GAA, .905 Sv%)

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What Happened in Game Two: Recap

“But the Pens simply couldn’t get their act together. And actually, when you add in Columbus’ shorthanded goal, the Pens’ 1-for-8 night was a wash. You got to think the Jackets are gonna clean up the penalties in Game 3, and they’ll be playing in front of a jacked crowd.

The Penguins, meanwhile, find themselves staring down the barrel of Hell.”

Opposition Blog: The Cannon

What They’re Saying:Take Another Step Forward

“All of that aside, the series shifts back to Columbus for the first time, and the Jackets will be hosting a playoff game for the first time in five years (Game 3 in 2009 was five year ago to the day). With a win in Pittsburgh under their belts–and having garnered it in pretty astounding fashion, I’d say–I don’t know that anyone really knows what to expect.

I don’t buy into the “oh, the Penguins aren’t trying!” meme that I’ve read about. If they didn’t get a wake-up call down 3-1 in game 1 and didn’t respect the Jackets at that point, well, let’s just say I don’t buy it. When I keep reading things about the Penguins not yet playing “their” game, I wonder why so many Penguins fans are quick to assume that the Jackets’ play has had nothing to do with that.”

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Crosby and Malkin. They’ll need to step up.

Blue Jackets Player(s) to Watch: Jack Johnson. This series has been big for him.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game: 

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Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Penguins.NHL.com:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Beau Bennett
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Lee Stempniak
Jayson Megna/Taylor Pyatt – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen

Marc-Andre Fleury


Columbus Blue Jackets lines from Daily Faceoff:

Boone Jenner – Ryan Johansen – Jack Skille
Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
R.J. Umberger – Artem Anisimov – Blake Comeau
Derek MacKenzie – Mark Letestu – Corey Tropp

Ryan Murray – James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin – Jack Johnson
Nikita Nikitin – David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky

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