The Penguins did something different in Game 5.
Shockingly, probably to Dan Bylsma, it worked. The Penguins played Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby together for most of the game. This disabled the Blue Jackets’ targeting of Sidney Crosby with Brandon Dubinsky and forced Columbus to do something different.
Three things that worked
- The insertion of Marcel Goc and Robert Bortuzzo (because of an injury to Brooks Orpik) made a subtle but big difference. Bortuzzo played a really strong game, and Goc provided the bottom six with an actual NHL player. If Bortuzzo and Goc aren’t in the lineup Monday night, Dan Bylsma should be left in Columbus.
- Kris Letang played the best game he has played in some time. He hit the net on most of his shots, limited his turnovers, and played in control. It could also have to do with him playing with Paul Martin.
- Stempniak – Sutter – Jokinen. This line got the GWG and played the right way. Sutter especially had a strong game.
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7 out of 10. People cheered and chanted. Stunningly, the same way Columbus fans cheered. Show us a live feed of the bar all of the Jackets fans are in right now. Let’s see if they are still standing and cheering tonight. Dick.