Johnson: 'I haven’t had a Pittsburgh guy around me ' - 04-22-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has made some history in his team's first round series with the Penguins when he tied an NHL record for consecutive games with a goal by defensemen to start a postseason.

What has made Johnson's goals unique is that they've all come from a relatively close distance from the cage. When asked about his short distance scoring today, Johnson said:

"I definitely like jumping into the play. I think a lot of it has been people leaving me wide open. Usually I don’t get left that wide open coming the last couple of games. I haven’t had a Pittsburgh guy around me which has been pretty nice. Usually teams are very aware of where the other team’s [defensemen] are so they can’t jump in. Like I said, it’s been a little bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time."

Johnson is the seventh defenseman to score three or more goals in a postseason series against the Penguins:

Player, Team Postseason Games Goals
Andy Delmore, Flyers 2000 6 5
Al Iafrate, Capitals 1992 7 4
Ray Bourque, Bruins 1991 6 4
Calle Johansson, Capitals 1995 7 3
Jack Johnson, Blue Jackets 2014 3 3
Brian Leetch, Rangers 1989 4 3
Brian Rafalski, Devils 2001 5 3

(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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