The Blue Jackets tied the series with the Penguins at 1-1 after they beat the Penguins in game two, in double overtime.
The Penguins blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1, and went a dismal 1-for-8 on the power play. We’d call it a shocking loss, but it is a loss we’ve seen the Penguins experience several times in the last four or five years.
– Matt Niskanen – Money Bags had a goal and an assist. He also seems to be the only Penguins defenseman that can be trusted right now. No idea where they’d be without him.
– Kris Letang – Still making terrible decisions. For the second straight game Kris Letang made a slew of mistakes. Blown defensive zone coverages are one thing. Mistakes happen; whatever. But Letang took a mind-boggling third-period penalty. It was honestly that bad. And it led to the Jackets’ tying goal. It was the type of penalty that just doesn’t make any sense. That is all we can even say at this point.
– The failure of the Penguins powerplay. As well as the Jackets played, they took some of the dumbest penalties you’ll ever see a team in the playoffs take and get away with. The Penguins didn’t make the Jackets pay, and they let them score another shorthanded goal. If the Penguins score once more on the power play in this game, the series is 2-0 heading to Columbus.
Full cap tomorrow.