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Empty Netter Assists - 04-24-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. “We let another one slip away. We’re making it harder on ourselves than we need to, but I don’t think we need to pout about it now.” - Matt Niskanen.

-The Columbus Dispatch's recap. “Oh, man, the noise in the building when that went in. Chills. It’s been a long time coming for a lot of the people out there. A lot of this win was for them.” - Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno on his overtime goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I didn't get a good look but, you know what, I trust Marc. For a puck to come out like that, I'm sure it had to take a bounce or some kind of a weird hop." - Sidney Crosby on how Marc-Andre Fleury played the puck which led to the game-tying goal late in regulation.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Niskanen was chirped (and chirped back) by some Blue Jackets fans:

-Tanner Glass had a rough start to the night:

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

-A good look at Foligno's goal:

-A great look at the goal by Columbus' Ryan Johansen:

-Fleury speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Craig Adams speaks:

-Nationwide Insurance's corporate headquarters was in a festive mood after the game:

-One of those dreaded 3-1 leads struck again.

-“The puck just dropped on me. I don’t know, he shot through a guy’s legs, I think, and it seemed to drop right in front of me.” - Fleury on Umberger's overtime goal.

-"We thought we had them on the ropes there the whole second period on. We started taking it to them." - Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger.

-"We as a team know his value and how good a player he is. We feel sorry for him that he didn't get that recognition that I think all of our team feels he deserves." - Jussi Jokinen on Olli Maatta being left out as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

-After the Jump: Matt Cooke is suspended while the Blackhawks and Stars tie their series.

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The Supreme Court upheld a Michigan ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. This is another step backward toward becoming a segregated country again. 

042414 Playing Field

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Penguins at Blue Jackets - 04-23-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-One of the good things about covering a playoff series at home and on the road is getting to know the other team a little bit better. During a regular season, you pretty much only get to interview another team's players at the morning skate and after the game and usually, the interviews are limited to immediate concerns involving that night's game. Occasionally, a team will come in a day early and you can talk to them a day before a game but those are rare. During a playoff series, you interact with these players upwards of two weeks. You find out who are the good and not-so-good quotes on that team.

-Last postseason, for a variety of reasons, we enjoyed found defensemen on the other teams to be good quotes. For the Islanders, it was Travis Hamonic. For the Senators, it was Marc Methot. And for the Bruins, it was Andrew Ference. This year, it has clearly been Jack Johnson.

-Johnson has caused a bit of a stir with comments such as saying about how the Penguins were nothing special and his comment about how the Penguins haven't been covering him on his goals. Some have seen it as trash talk or bulletin board material. In every instance we've talked with Johnson, he hasn't come off someone offering inflammatory comments for the sake of shock value. He strikes us as a pretty mellow matter-of-fact kind of guy.

-The Calder Trophy finalists were named today. Forward Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche as well as Lightning forwards Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson are three top vote getters. Olli Maatta was not one of them. It's pretty simple to see why. Maatta's a defenseman and generally speaking, defensemen don't put up big numbers which voters usually look at. Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm had a very solid season as well and could have merited consideration. Last season, Jonas Brodin had a fantastic season for the Wild but didn't get a sniff at the award.

-The only way defensemen really ever get consideration is if it is a lean year for forwards. Unfortunately for Olli Maatta, he made his NHL debut in a season when a player of MacKinnon's stature started his career as well.

-It will be interesting to see how quickly the lines get shifted around tonight for the Penguins. We can't imagine the Blue Jackets will have the same intensity to start this game as they did in Game 3. The crowd at Nationwide will be bonkers tonight once again but it won't quite be at the same level as it was for Game 3. It never will be. That was a pretty special crowd. Even if it's one level down, it's still not going to be the same as what went on in this building Monday. The Blue Jackets won't have quite the same jump and that only benefits the Penguins.

-The Penguins worked the same power-play unite of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Matt Niskanen and Paul Martin today. We're not sure if any sort of tactical changes to that units approach were made. Regardless, the Penguins need it to change in terms of success. Life will be a lot easier with a successful power play.

-We're not sure how long it will be utilized, but the third line of Beau Bennett, Brandon Sutter and Jayson Megna which worked out this morning is a bit intriguing.

-Rob Scuderi only got 13:44: of ice time in Game 3 and coincidentally, that was his best game of the series. Part of that was dictated by the Penguins having a ton of power plays early in the game as well as an early deficit. Part of that was probably dictated by his level of play which hasn't been good much of the series.

-Fedor Tyutin could have helped the Blue Jackets defend their lead in Game 3. He is their Paul Martin. He might not put up huge numbers but he has a calming presence where he can settle things down for his teammates and make the right play in most situations.

-A few sights. The barn:

-We really enjoy the arena around the Arena. Columbus is a typical midwest city in that it's a pretty generic grid for how the city is laid out and everything is pretty spread out. There is plenty of green space in this city as well. With most of the trees finally blooming, it's a pretty sight:

-Near the front of Nationwide Arena, there is this quaint walkway lined with bars, restaurants and living spaces:

-Someday soon, hopefully Fifth Avenue and the Civic Arena site can blossom like this.

-Fans were lined up this morning for gameday ticket sales:

-There are a few 412ers here. Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby:

-Marc-Andre Fleury:

-And Miroslav Satan:

-The always rare Luke Richardson/Marc Denis combination:

-And we always have room in our hearts for a Geoff Sanderson fan:

-The ice:

-The signs being distributed tonight are double-sided:

-David Vyborny:

-Derek Dorsett:

-Nikolay Zherdev:

-Duvie Westcott:

-Fans entering the barn:

-The goal cannon:

-Like at Consol Energy Center, there is a display for a lot of the local youth team jerseys:

-There is a pretty neat marker in the main concourse nothing how far away center ice is:

-There are a few more Penguins fans on hand tonight than in comparison to Game 3 but it's still nothing like a regular season game where tons of Penguins fans show up. Kris Letang:

-Jordan Staal:

-Evgeni Malkin:

-Brooks Orpik:

-Jaromir Jagr:

-Pascal Dupuis:

 

-Sergei Fedorov:

-Espen Knutsen:

 

-There are two Ron Tugnutt fans on hand tonight:

-Jersey of the Night: Mark Letestu Penguins:

-Warmups:

-The Penguins' starters are Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Lee Stempniak, Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi and Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Chris Conner, Deryk Engelland, Brian Gibbons, Marcel Goc, Taylor Pyatt and Tomas Vokoun.

-The Blue Jackets' starters are Cam Atkinson, Matt Calvert, Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson, David Savard and Sergei Bobrovsky.

-Their scratches are Jared Boll, Matt Frattin, Nathan Horton, Ryan Murray, Jeremy Smith, Corey Tropp and Fedor Tyutin.

-Murray's scratch contradicts head coach Todd Richards claim this morning he would have the same lineup. Nick Schultz will replace him.

-The national anthem:

FIRST PERIOD

19:50: Almost immediately, "C-B-J!" chants rain down.

19:25: Recovering a puck dumped into his own left wing corner, Scuderi absorbs a solid hit into the boards by Dubinsky.

18:39: A wrister by Nikita Nikitin is wide of the net.

17:34: Glass chucks a wrister on net from the left wing. Bobrovsky snags it.

17:23: Battling for a puck in the Columbus' left wing corner, Crosby is walloped to the ice by his friend Johnson.

17:11: A wrister by Crosby from the slot is deflected out of play by Savard.

15:58: Taking a pass at his own right point, Bennett is smacked pretty good by Dalton Prout.

15:26: Letang throws Derek MacKenzie with a big hit on the Penguins' left wing wall.

15:19: A backhander by Stempniak from the left circle is kicked out by Bobrovsky's left skate.

14:02: Ryan Johansen snaps off a wrister from the right wing. Fleury kicks it out. Jenner follows up on the rebound and crashes into Fleury dislodging the net. A scrum breaks out. Officials break it up. Jussi Jokinen is called for hooking. He was backchecking Jenner on the play and tied him up. Sutter, Craig Adams, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik take the ice.

13:51: Craig Adams. Goal scorer. After James Wisniewski fails to keep a puck in at the left point, Sutter jumps on and races through the neutral zone. He draws in two defenders and backhands a pass to Adams on the right wing. Adams grips and rips a wrister by Bobrovsky's blocker on the far side. What a shot from an unlikely source. Give credit to Sutter for setting up the chance as well. Sutter and Martin get assists. Penguins 1-0.

12:50: Artem Anisimov rips a wrister form the right circle wide to the far side.

12:02: Jokinen's minor is killed. That was a strong kill for the Penguins.

12:13: David Savard chops a slapper from the center point which is blocked by the great Joe Vitale.

12:08: Calvert booms a slapper from the high slot over the cage.

11:38: Crosby weaves his way into the offensive zone and rips a shot only to have his stick break and the puck deflected out of play.

9:27: Battling for a puck in the Penguins' right wing corner, MacKenzie slams Scuderi into the boards. That's two minutes for roughing. Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Martin and Niskanne take the ice.

9:23: The Penguins waste little time with the power play. Crosby wins the faceoff in the left circle to Martin at the left point. Martin slides a pass to Niskanen at the right point. Niskanen winds up and chops a slapper at the net. Kunitz in front and appears to deflect it behind Bobrovsky. Kunitz gets credit for the score. Niskanen and Martin get assists. Penguins 2-0.

8:50: The levy has broken. Taking a pass from Malkin in the slot, Jokinen fumbles the puck for a moment but recovers it and taps a backhanded pass to Neal in the right circle. In one motion, Neal swipes a one-timer behind Bobrovsky and into the twine. The Blue Jackets call a timeout to get organized. Jokinen and Neal get assists. A solid showing of Penguins fans have had plenty to cheer about already. Penguins 3-0.

7:30: Defiantly, Blue Jackets fans continue to chant "C-B-J!"

6:58: Wisniewski chucks a wrister from the right point hoping for a re-direction. MacKenzie is there but sends the puck wide.

6:10:  Maatta tries to play a puck out of midair from his own blue line but loses it. Anisimov pressures him and steals the puck. As Maatta falls, play is blow dead and Anisimov is called for holding? What an awful call. Malkin, Crosby, Kunitz, Martin and Niskanen take the ice.

6:01: Niskanen chops a slapper from the right point. It hits a stick and deflects out of play.

5:34: Malkin tries to set up Martin with a version of the "Whitney Play" but Martin taps a puck from the left cicle wide of the cage on the near side.

5:12: More penalties. as Kunitz controls the puck in the left wing corner and is slashed by Savard. Kunitz falls to his knees. Savard is sent off for slashing while Kunitz gets an embellishment minor. They are offsetting minors and play will remain five on four.

4:57: A wrister by Letestu from the left circle is fought off by Fleury.

4:45: The Blue Jacket get one back. Neal is called for interference against Wisniewski in the Columbus left wing corner. We'll see four-on-four play for 35 seconds.

4:10: Anisimov's minor is killed. The Blue Jackets will have 1:25 of a power play time

3:55: Anismov rips a wrister from the right circle. Fleury snags it and swats the puck away with his stick.

3:21: The Blue Jackets cash in. Taking a pass from Wisnieski in the high slot, Letesut rips a wrister. It hits off Jenner aboe the blue pain and hops over Fleury. The Blue Jackets needed his baldy. It bring some ive back to the building and give the Blue Jackets some hope. The dreaded 3-1 lead is in place. Letestu and Wisniewski get assists. Fire Ray Shero. The cannon goes off. Penguins 3-1.

1:00: Kunitz gets thumped pretty good by Johnson at the Columbus blue line in front of the Blue Jackets bench.

0:41: Calvert chops a slapper from the right point. Fleury kicks it out despite traffic.

0:14: Umberger lifts a wrister from the right circle. Fleury knocks it dead and smother.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 1.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-That was ... interesting. Actually, it was par for the course for how this series has gone. One team jumped out to a roaring start while the other salvaged something late. This game is far from over.

-Evgeni Malkin has some hop in his step tonight. He's skating with power and bulling his way through defenders.

-The Blue Jackets are doing a wonderful job of getting bodies to the Penguins' net. Fleury has someone in a blue jersey in his grill on almost every shot.

-The Blue Jackets lead in shots on net, 14-11.

-Attempted shots are even, 20-20.

-Johnson leads the game with 9:50 of ice time.

-Martin leads the Penguins with 8:34.

-The Blue Jackets have a 13-12 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).

-Crosby is 7 for 7 (100 percent).

-Anisimov is 4 for 6 (67 percent).

-Martin, Johnson and Savard each lead the game with two blocked shots.

SECOND PERIOD

19:42: Kunitz rattles Savard with a solid hit in the Blue Jackets' left wing corner.

19:34: Crosby lifts a wrister from the high slot. Bobrovsky eats it up.

19:13: A wrister by Johansen from the left circle is blocked out of play by Martin.

17:50: Savard tries to carry a puck through the neutral zone and is thumped down by Kunitz.

17:11: Nikitin chops a shot from center point. It gets deflected out of play.

16:47: Taking a drop pass at the right half wall, Wisniewski steps up and pounds a one-timer on net. Fleury kicks it out.

16:37: Neal snaps off a low wrister from the left circle. Bobrovsky eats it up.

15:09: In tight in the left circle Johnson rips a wrister which Fleury fights off.

14:38: Dubinsky collects a loose puck above the right circle and chucks a wrister on net. Fleury fights it off.

13:35: Nikitin chops a slapper from the left point wide on the near side.

13:23: Wisniewski winds up with a big slapper from the center point and lets loose. Malkin leans down to block it. Oof.

12:50: Savard chucks a wrister from the right point. Fleury denies it despite traffic.

11:18: Letang chops a slapper from the right point. It hits a body and Bobrovsky snags it. Prout is called for high sticking Bennett. Niskanen, Martin, Malkin, Crosby and Kunitz take the ice.

10:47: Malkin feeds a pass from the right circle to the slot. Crosby streaks through the slot and taps it wide.

9:55: Niskanen chops a slapper from the right half wall which is blocked.

9:24: Short-handed, Nikitin chucks a wrister from the left point. Fleury snags it.

9:18: Prout's minor is killed. The Penguins looked pretty inept with that chance.

8:07: The Blue Jackets will get another power play as Stempniak is called for high sticking Schultz in front of the Penguins' penalty box. He drew some blood so it's a double minor. Martin, Orpik, Sutter and Adams take the ice for a big penalty kill.

7:17: Off a turnover by Letang, Johnson chops a one-timer off the right half wall. Fleury kicks it out.

6:45: Kunitz gets a shift on the penalty kill. He tries to push the puck into the offensive zone and is stood up by Wisniewski. Kunitz slams him to the ice but loses the puck.

6:24: The hole gets deeper for the penguins as Sutter is called for delay of game after playing a puck of play from his own zone. The Penguins protest vehemently but no avail. The Blue Jackets will have a two man advantage for a full two minutes. Oof. Adams, Glass and Orpik take the ice.

6:10: A one-timer by Johanson from the left circle is fought off by Fleury

5:57: Wisniewski blows a one-timer from the high slot wide of the cage.

5:40: The Blue Jackets cash in. Dubinsky control a puck to the right of the cage down low. He is able to sneak a pass by a kneeling Orpik into the crease. Anismov gets a stick on the puck then Johansen is able to tuck it into the cage. The Blue Jackets almost couldn't help but score there. They will have 1:35 remaining on a one-man advantage. Anisimov and Dubinsky get assists. The cannon goes off. Penguins 3-2.

4:58: Nikitin crnks two big shot from the point wide of the cage.

4:45: A writer by Jenner from the left circle is denied.

4:26:  Nikitin rips a wrister form the high slot. Fleury fights it off.

3:09: A wrister by Johasen form the slot is wide of the cage.

2:23: After an offensive zone turnover by  Malkin, Cavlert gets a chance from the left wing off a three-on-two. He rips a wrister which Fleury fights off.

2:00: Another penalty for the Penguins. Niskanen is called for tripping Dubinsky in the Penguins' zone. Crosby, Adams, Martin and Orpik take the ice.

1:50: Short-handed, Crosby lifts a wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky eats it up.

0:12: Wisniewski chops a shot from the high slot wide of the cage.

0:01: Atkinson has a chance to the right of the cage in tight but fans on the shot. Argh. That was close.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 2.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-The Penguins hung on for dear life for that period. The Blue jackets had the majority of puck possession and controlled things in the Penguins' zone.

-Fleury bailed the Penguins out a few times there. He's been sharp tonight.

-Bobrovsky wasn't nearly as shaky there as he was in the first period. He has leveled off.

-Crosby's decisions with the puck continue to be puzzling.

-Nikitin has been pressed into a bigger role with the absences of Murray and Tyutin. As a result, he's shooting everything. He's a bit of a wild shot though. Not many are getting on net.

-The Blue Jackets lead in shots on net, 32-17.

-The Penguins have a 55-30 lead in attempted shots.

-Wisniewski leads the game with seven shots.

-Kunitz leads the Penguins with four shots.

-The Penguins have a 25-20 lead in faceoffs (56 percent).

-Crosby is 12 for 13 (92 percent).

-Johansen is 6 for 10 (60 percent).

-Scuderi, Martin and Savard each lead the game with three shots.

THIRD PERIOD

19:50: Off a turnover by Letang from behind his own net, Dubinsky chucks a wrister on net from the right circle. Fleury eats it up.

17:36: Bennett hustles after a puck in at the red line and is stood up by Prout who drops him on his backside HARD. Oof.

16:46: Calvert fires a spinning one-time from the high slot. It changes direction once or twice before hitting Fleury's left leg.

16:40: Johnson pounds a slapper from the left point. It hits something and Fleury lunges out to smother it.

15:01: Jokinen snaps off a wrister from deep on the right wing. Bobrovsky kicks it out.

13:40: Fleury stops a two shots in tight by Dubinsky and Calvert.

13:33: Stempniak rips a wrister from the right circle wide to the far side. Johnson smashes him to the ice in the right wing corner afterwards.

10:37: A wrister by Letestu from the right point is blocked out of play. We're not sure how well it's showing up on television, but the puck battles in this period are super intense.

10:21: Crosby gets a lose on the right wing and rips a wrister wide to the far side.

10:00: HUGE break for the Pneguins. Orpik misses badly on a hit against Calvert in the slot and that springs Calvert on mini breakaway. As he approaches the net, Kunitz dogs him from behind on a forecheck and appears to ties up his stick just enough for impact the shot which ends up hitting off the cross bar. Wow!

9:46: Wisniewski fumbles a puck at the left point and  allows it to get behind him. Glass jumps on it and before he can take off with the puck, Wisniewski hooks him up. Glass sells the penalty and the officials send Wisniewski off for tripping. Martin, Niskanen Crosby, Malkin and Kunitz take the ice.

8:49: Crosby lifts a wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky eats it up.

7:51: Letang snaps off a wrister from the left circle. Bobrovsky kicks it out.

7:46: The Wisniewski minor is killed. Blue Jackets fans award their team with cheers and more "C-B-J!" chants for that effort.

6:29: The great Joe Vitale picks up a loose puck on the left wing, races up ice and shuffles a backhander on net. Bobrvosky smothers it.

6:25: A wrister by Letang from the left point is blocked.

4:42: Letestu has a chance with a bouncing puck to the left o the cage but can't get a clean shot off.

4:04: Adams snaps off a wrister form the slot wide of the cage.

3:12: A writer by Malkin from the right of the cage is wide.

2:44: Dubinsky snaps off a wrister from the right point and it is blocked.

2:12: Racing up the right wing, Johansen snaps off a wrister. Fleury punches it away.

1:23: Martin steals a puck at the red line and chips it down ice.

0:58: Bobrovsky is pulled for an extra attacker.

0:23: Dear. Lord. The old Marc-Andre Fleury strikes. The Blue Jackets play a puck deep in behind the Penguins' net. Fleury goes behind the net to play it but fails to stop it. Johansen is all over it and plays it to Dubinsky in the high slot. Dubinsky rips it immediately into the net by a diving Crosby and Letang to tie the game. This place erupts in noise. The Blue Jackets tied the game on an inexcusable play by Fleury. Wow. Johansen and Johnson get assists. The cannon goes off. Blue Jackets 3, Penguins 3.

0:00: End of period. Blue Jackets 3, Penguins 3.

THIRD INTERMISSION

-There was no way this was going to end quickly huh? This series has been too wild for a clean regulation win.

-Fleury had been having a marvelous game until that foul up.

-That was as intense of a third period as we can remember. Just about every puck was contested.

-The Penguins will need to start being more aggressive on offense. They really haven't pressured Bobrovsky as much in the last 40 minutes.

-The Blue Jackets have a 41-24 lead in shots on net.

-The Blue Jackets have a 71-44 lead in attempted shots.

-Wisniewski leads the game with seven shots.

-Kunitz, Glass and Neal each lead the game with four shots.

-Johnson leads the game with 29:56 of ice time.

-Martin leads the Penguins with 25:07.

-The Blue Jackets lead in faceoffs 36-28 (56 percent).

-Crosby is 15 for 21 (71 percent).

-Letestu is 7 for 11 (64 percent).

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Martin leads the game with four blocked shots.

-Johnson and Savard each led the Blue Jackets with three blocked shots.

OVERTIME

19:47: chops a slapper from above the left circle. Fleury stops it but loses the puck in his gear. The puck slides into the cage after the whistle is blown.

18:52: Neal races up the right wing and rips a wrister.

18:41: Skille fires a wrister from the high slot. Fleury punches it away.

18:25: Jenner snaps off a backhander from the right circle. Fleury kicks it out.

17:20: Maatta chops a slapper from the high slot. Umberger slides down to block it with his upper body. Oof.

17:11: Game over. Off the blocked shot, Foligno gets a chance off the right wing. Using Niskanen as a screen, he rips a wrister from long distance by the glove hand of FLeury. THe fans erupt and blow the roof off this place. The series is tied. Umberger and Wisniewski get assist. End of game. Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 3.

 

POSTGAME

-What do you say about that? Well... not much beyond describing it as awful. It was a hideous loss for the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury. Forget they had a 3-0 lead and complete control of this game early on. They had the game wrapped up with an empty net on the opposite end of the ice and they let it slip out of their hands on a play Fleury botched behind the net. Then he gets beaten on a screened shot from long distance in overtime.

-Fleury played wonderfully for the first 59:36 of this game. The rest of the contest was an absolute nightmare.

-Blue Jackets forward Foligno called his goal in a joking fashion during the third intermission. As retold by R.J. Umberger, he said, "I hope you guys don't mind, I'm going to score."

-Foligno described his goal saying, "I tried to shoot through the screen. I kind of figured if I shot low and maybe even cause a rebound. I think it actually dipped underneath his glove as it was going at him. I just figured if tried to shoot through a screen, it’s hard to pick up and luckily it went in.”

-Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, who scored the tying goal, described his team's play best by saying, “We started overtime like we wanted to win the game. Not like we were hoping to win the game."

-In contrast, the Penguins were hesitant and uncertain in overtime. Any sense of a killer instinct was completely absent.

-When is Sidney Crosby going to contribute something in this series? We don't want to say he's been a non-factor because he is drawing a lot of assignments from the Blue Jacket's top players and there' something to be said for that. But the presumed Hart Trophy winner has been not looked anything like the player who ripped up the regular season.

-The dreaded Peter Laviolette timeout struck. The Penguins raced out to a 3-0 lead and the Todd Richards used his time out to break up the Penguins' momentum and get his team organized. From that moment on it was a different game. Before the time out, the Penguins had a 9-8 lead in shots. After the time out, Columbus dominated shots, 38-16.

Said Brandon Dubinsky, "You just called it to settle us down. I think the biggest message there was still 50 minutes. There was still a lot of hockey left. We found a way to settle down, get a power play and get to our strengths. That’s what allowed us to get back into the game.”

-A key moment in that momentum shift was James Neal's penalty for interference. It gave the Blue Jackets a power play which they converted. A player with a target on his back like Neal needs to be more disciplined. The officials aren't going to give him a break.

-Some of the Penguins stars got on the scoreboard. Neal and Chris Kunitz each scored their first goals of the series. Many have said the Penguins needed their stars to "wake up." This was more of a case them lumbering out of bed to use the bathroom then going back to sleep.

-The five-on-three power play for the Blue Jackets in the second period was huge as well. As Jack Johnson said, "We didn’t say anything. The five of us, we didn’t need to say anything. We knew how important it was. We knew it could be a turning point in the game. A five-on-three is phenomenal opportunity."

-Just when you thought the Penguins' special teams woes might be coming to an end, they came back to hurt the team once again. The Penguins did get an important power play goal from Kunitz early but they failed to capitalize with their remaining chances, including one in the third period which could have given them a three-goal lead. This team's power play needs to be better.

-Oddly, Sergei Bobrovsky didn't really do much to win this game. The Penguins barely pressed him after the time out. He looked horrendous early but was never really tested as the game wore on.

-The Penguins' penalty kill had an odd game. It got a big short-handed score from Craig Adams to open the scoring but it gave up two goals to Columbus' power play including one on a long five-on-three.

-Paul Martin continues to be the Penguins' best player. Forget that he leads the NHL in scoring at the moment. His play with the puck in all situations has been outstanding.

-Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang continue to struggle. They weren't as bad as they were in Games 1 and 2 but they didn't look good.

-In terms of five-on-five play, the third and fourth lines were non-factors.

-In a way, R.J. Umberger has become this team's Gary Roberts. He's not quite as old or as tough as Roberts was when he became a folk hero for the Penguins, but he serves the same role. He's a veteran who has lost a step so he's adopted a less high profile role on the third line. He serves as a lead for this team and shows his leadership with plays such as the blocked shot he had on Olli Maatta in overtime which set up Foligno's goal. Said Johnson, "You know what, that’s R.J. Umbeger. He’s a real pro. A great leader on this team. He’s been around the block. He knows how to play in the playoffs. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a guy like him. He’s a playoff player.”

-Umberger, who was sporting a cut under his left eye from a different play, was so excited and pumped after the game he was out of breath and accidentally put his shirt on backwards while speaking with the media. He asked for a moment to fix it.

-What made this game even more frustrating from the Penguins' perspective was the fact the Blue Jackets were missing two of their top defensemen in Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray. The Penguins never really took advantage of Columbus' lesser blue line.

-The atmosphere in this stages was outstanding once again, especially in the late stages. From the start of the overtime period, the first postseason overtime in his building's history, the fans never sat down. It was an intoxicating environment.

-Good for this market and these fans to have this moment. There will be people who leave Nationwide Arena tonight hooked on this sport for life because of this.

-The Blue Jackets lead in shots on net, 46-25.

-The Blue Jackets led in attempted shots, 76-47.

-James Wisniewski led the game with seven shots.

-Kunitz led the Penguins with five shots.

-The Blue Jackets have a 39-29 lead in faceoffs (57 percent).

-Crosby was 16 for 25 in faceoffs (64 percent).

-Mark Letestu was 7 for 11 (64 percent).

-Martin led the game with four blocked shots.

-Johnson and David Savard led the Blue Jackets with three blocked shots.

-Adams became the 19th player in franchise history to score a short-handed goal in the postseason.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

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Don't leave tender plants out tonight, but don't worry about others

Written by Doug Oster on .

Blog big pansy wat 414Pansies laugh at 30 degrees, basil and houseplants need to come inside when it gets cold along with other plants. Photo by Doug Oster

I've been inundated with questions about what to do with plants when temperatures are predicted to drop below 30. Anything tender like basil, or houseplants should be covered or brought back inside.

It's way too early to put anything frost sensitive outside, things will get cold well into May.

The good news is anything out there like spring bulbs or shrubs and trees will be fine. In the vegetable garden asparagus, rhubarb, peas, greens, cole crops like cabbage and root crops will be unaffected.

Pansies, snapdragons and sweet alyssum will shake off the frost too.

I don't put out tender flowers or vegetables until after May 20th. Tomatoes May 30 and peppers go outside in June.

One of the keys to gardening is planting the right plants at the right time.

 

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About the Blue Jackets - Game 4 - 04-23-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blue Jackets.

When and where: 7 p.m., EDT. Nationwide Arena.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), Fox Sports Ohio (Columbus market), NBC Sports Network (Rest of the United States), CBC, RDS.

Leading postseason scorer: Jack Johnson, 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist).

Last Game: 4-3 home loss in Game 3. Brandon Dubinsky had two assists for the Blue Jackets.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (2-1, 2.98 GAA, .899 SV%) for the Penguins. Sergei Bobrovsky (1-2, 3.32 GAA, .904 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Brian Gibbons (suspected shoulder) is doubtful. Center Marcel Goc (ankle) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) are out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (knee) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, right winger Nathan Horton (abdominal) and defenseman Fedor Tyutin are out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby -22 Lee Stempniak
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
59 Jayson Megna - 16 Brandon Sutter - 19 Beau Bennett
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta

-The Blue Jackets primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

38 Boone Jenner - 19 Ryan Johansen - 5 Jack Skille
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
18 R.J. Umberger - 42 Artem Anisimov - 71 Nick Foligno
 26 Derek MacKenzie - 55 Mark Letestu - 14 Blake Comeau

58 David Savard - 7 Jack Johnson
27 Ryan Murray - 21 James Wisniewski (above)
6 Nikita Nikitin - 47 Dalton Prout

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played this Blue Jackets, this happened:

-Right winger Chris Conner (foot) was activated from injured reserve.

-Gibbons did not participate in the morning skate. Goc did.

-"It's fun to have those expectations." - Lee Stempniak on being part of a Stanley Cup contending team.

-Tyutin did not participate in the morning skate.

-The referees are Gord Dwyer (No. 19) and Dan O'Halloran (No. 13). The linesmen are Bryan Pancich (No. 94) and Jay Sharrers (No. 57).

-Our live blog, direct from the capital of the Buckeye State, begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: John Grieshop/Getty Images)

 

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