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:
|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|
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