Postgame thoughts - Penguins-Blue Jackets - 09-21-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-First and foremost, the story of the day, even if it had nothing to do with this game, is the health of Tomas Vokoun. Click here to get our thoughts on that.

-The story of the game itself was Jussi Jokinen. He was given a chance on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen and responded with a hat trick. And he looked exceptional on that line as well. The three of them were hitting each other with pretty passes. They looked like they spent a lifetime on the same line together.

-Beau Bennett has looked strong on that line as well. He's probably the ideal candidate to end up on that line long term but Jokinen isn't exactly a "wrong" alternative.

-Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't good. A lot of the chances he faced were off poor turnovers by his teammates or fluky bounces, but he needed to steal a goal or two. He needs to preform better, especially in light of today's news with Vokoun.

-Chuck Kobasew was once again a solid player. He primarily had a bottom six role in terms of five-on-five play but he still showed he can contribute. He also got some time on the power play and penalty kill. We have a hard time seeing him not make this roster.

-Several players he's battling with for a roster spot - Matt D'Agostini, Tanner Glass, Harry Zolnierczyk - hardly distinguished themselves. Glass was ineffective. D'Agostini had a turnover which led to Columbus' third goal. And Zolnierczyk's most notable moments came when he nearly landed on his head after missing a check and was penalized for playing with a broken stick.

-Zach Sill had a solid, workmanlike game. He's limited in what he can offer a team but he does everything right within his skillset.

-After a strong game in Chicago, Dustin Jeffrey was quiet today.

-Olli Maatta once again played a smart, safe game on the blue line. If and when he makes the  NHL, he's going to be a defenseman who plays a solid 25 minute a game and does everything correctly. He is mature beyond his years.

-The Penguins had a 41-24 lead in shots.

-Neal, Jokinen and Malkin each led the game with six shots.

-Cam Atkinson led the Blue Jackets with four shots.

-Jack Johnson led the game with 25:41 of ice time.

-Kris Letang led the Penguins with 24:58.

-The Penguins had a 31-30 edge in faceoffs (51 percent).

-Sill was 13 for 17 in faceoffs (76 percent).

-Ryan Johansen was 12 for 21 (57 percent).

-Jack Skille and David Savard each led the game with three blocked shots.

-Maatta, Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik each led the Penguins with two blocked shots.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

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