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Empty Netter Assists - 04-20-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot and let them back into it." - Matt Niskanen.

-The Columbus Dispatch's recap. The Blue Jackets earned the first postseason win in franchise history.

-The Associated Press' recap. "We have to be better. That's really, I think, the bottom line. Right on through, whether it's special teams or 5-on-5 we have to be better." - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Brian Gibbons > Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky and James Wisniewsk:

-Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky got the drop on Paul Martin:

-Marc-Andre Fleury had to jump out of the way of Columbus' Cam Atkinson:

-Columbus' Derek MacKenzie didnt' seem to care for the presence of Rob Scuderi:

-Bobovsky snagged this puck:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Niskanen speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-"Overtime, the game is right there for you. It's not hard to stay focused. You've just got to try to execute." - Craig Adams on playing playoff overtime.

-"Every year, I watched the NHL playoffs I dreamed of being the hero in overtime." - Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert on his overtime goal.

-Welcome back Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger.

-“He’s the Bob when we need him to be the Bob." - Blue Jackets forward Artem Ansimov on Bobrovsky.

-"I'm sure there's a lot of people in Columbus right now that are very happy to see where this has gotten to. But like coach has said, this is one win. We want a playoff series. We want four [wins]." - Blue Jackets forward and former Penguin Mark Letestu.

-After the Jump: A dazzling but brutal game in St. Louis. and Milan Lucic is takes responbility..

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Immigration Trap

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The Republicans in Congress keep talking about immigration because they know how important it is to get some sort of reform passed. At the same time, they refuse to work with Obama because that would violate their "do nothing with Obama" policy. 

042014 Immigraion Trap

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Blue Jackets at Penguins - 04-19-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-During the second period of Wednesday's Game 2, Brian Gibbons had a shift on the penalty kill where he stole a puck and instead of just firing it down ice to kill a little bit of time and to get a line change, he skated around in the neutral zone with the puck for something around 15 or 20 seconds and basically kept it away from the Blue Jackets.

-To use hockey parlance, that is called "ragging the puck." Dan Bylsma explained the tactic after today's morning skate:

"It doesn’t happen all that much that you have to rag it. But when you have the opportunity to be able to hold the puck, take it back, have your [defensemen] hold on to it and waste some time. To me, that’s a huge disruption to a power play. And it’s frustrating. If you can hold on to the puck and rag it, they get restless, the power play guys get restless. It’s just not an opportunity that presents itself a lot. You’re looking for 20-second shifts to 30-second shifts on your [penalty kill] so you don’t want to get stuck out by going up the ice into the offensive zone or holding on to it too long and get stuck out for a minute [penalty kill] shift. You’re trying to roll them over so you don’t always roll them over. Brian did a great job. He got out there at the beginning of the shifts. He got the puck and ragged it. I thought it was a momentum-builder for our team."

-The Blue Jackets will be getting a key player back in the lineup tonight as R.J. Umberger returns to the lineup after missing Game 1 due to an "upper-body" injury. Umberger isn't the player he once was. He's strictly a bottom-six player these days and even then, he was a healthy scratch late in the regular season. But he's one of the few players on this Blue Jackets roster with any sort of playoff acumen among active players with a minimum of 20 career postseason games, Umberger has the second best goals-per-game average in the NHL:

Player, Current team Games Played Goals Goals Per Game
Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs 22 13 0.59
R.J. Umberger, Blue Jackets 26 14 0.54
Mike Cammalleri, Flames 32 17 0.53
Alex Ovechkin, Capitals 58 31 0.53
Sean Bergenheim, Panthers 23 12 0.52
Martin St. Louis, Rangers 64 33 0.52
Sidney Crosby, Penguins 83 40 0.48
Jarome Iginla, Flames 70 32 0.46
Daniel Briere, Canadiens 110 50 0.45
Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings 123 55 0.45

-We spotted this van with a playoff "countdown" written on the back:

-A few sights. The barn:

-The ice:

-We always seem to run into a Craig Adams fan:

-Another No. 27, Alex Alexei Kovalev:

-Kevin Stevens:

-Beau Bennett Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:

-Ron Francis:

-Ulf Samuelsson:

-Fans entering the barn:

-There are a lot of Blue Jackets fans here. Jack Johnson:

-Jakub Voracek:

-Sergei Bobrovsky:

-Jeff Carter:

-Kris Russell:

-Mike Commodore:

-Umberger:

-Fredrik Modin:

-Matt Calvert:

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-Some Czech playoff heros. Petr Sykora:

-Martin Straka:

-And Jaromir Jagr:

-This Phil Bourque fan may have Phil Bourque's actual helmet:

-Jersey of the Night: Scott Lachance Blue Jackets:

 -Warmups:

-The Penguins' starters are Brian Gibbons, Brandon Sutter, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi and Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland, Marcel Goc, Jayson Megna, Taylor Pyatt and Tomas Vokoun.

-The Blue Jackets' starters are Blake Comeau, Brandon Dubinsky, R.J. Umberger, Ryan Murray, James Wisniewski and Sergei Bobrovsky.

-Their scratches are Jared Boll, Nick Foligno, Matt Frattin, Nathan Horton, Dalton Prout, Nick Schultz and Jeremy Smith.

-Jeff Jimerson is ready:

FIRST PERIOD

19:14: Crosby races th epuck in to the offensive zone, spins off the right half wall and zips a pass to Martin racing down the slot. Martin is knocked to the ice by Matt Calvert.

18:50: Off a feed by Crosby, Kunitz chops a one-timer from the left circle. Bobrovsky snags it. Bennett was skating with Crosby and Kunitz that shift.

17:44: After the great Joe Vitale slams Mark Letestu into the left half wall, Scuderi pounds a slapper from the right point. Bobrovsky fights it off.

17:30: Bennett is back with Sutter and Lee Stempniak.

16:30: The Penguins get a little lucky and cash in. Kunitz chips a puck up the left wing from his own zone to Crosby. Crosby chases the puck down into the offensive zone and as he approaches the net, he loses it for a moment. He recovers it an veers behind the net, he circles around deals a fairly weak feed to Niskanen at the left point. Niskanen has to move up a bit and sort of just chops it at the cage. Gibbons is above the crease and deflects the puck with his body by the glove hand of Bobrovsky. Gibbons gets the goal. It's his first career postseason goal. Niskanen and Crosby get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 1-0.

16:10: Off a cross-ice feed by Neal, Malkin lifts a heavy wrister on net from the left wing. Bobrovsky snags it.

15:55: The Penguins are allover the blue Jackets. Craig Adams whips a wrister from the left hlaf wall. It hits a body in front. The great Joe Vitale is all over the rebound and chops it on net. Bobrovsky kicks it out.

15:52: The great Joe Vitale does something not so great as he runs into Bobrovsky and dislodges the net. That's two minutes for interference. That could snuff out all this early momentum for the Penguins. Gibbons, Sutter Martin and Brooks Orpik take the ice.

15:36: Brian Gibbons is on fire. Martin chucks a puck from deep in his own zone to the blue line. James Wisniewski fails to keep it in the zone and allows it to trickle by him. Gibbons just takes off and races by Wisniewski to create his own breakaway. He approaches the net, goes backhand to forehand, holds up for a moment and tucks the puck by the right skate of Bobrovsky. What a sneaky move. Martin and Orpik get assists. The "Hey Song" is double shifted. Penguins 2-0.

14:59: A slapper by Savard from center point is just off the mark.

14:51: This game is off to a wild start. Johansen wides up and cranks a slapper from above the left cicle. It Sneak under the blocker of Fleury on the far side and sneaks just inside the far post. What a shot! We're not sure if Fleury was screened on that or not. Savard and Murray get assists. Penguins 2-1.

13:31: In deep on the left wing, Orpik lifts a wrister with Bobrovsky kicks out.

13:26: Martin chops a one-timer from center point. Bobrovsky snags it.

12:41: Boone Jenner rips a wrister from the right circle. Martin flops down to block it.

12:33: Letang sneaks a wrister from the right half wall on net. Bobrovsky steers it away despite traffic.

12:05: Kunitz has a wrister from the right circle blocked.

10:50: A wrister by Olli Maatta from the high slot is blocked.

9:47: Jussi Jokinen pushes the puck up the right wing and chucks it on net. Bobrovsky snags it.

8:52: Gibbons went down the runway after a collision behind the Columbus net.

7:50: The great Joe Vitale slams Wisniewski to the ice with a hard hit in the Blue Jackets' right corner.

6:59: Brandon Dubinsky tries to rattle Crosby's cage with a few rambunctious hits in the Blue Jackets' right wing corner. Crosby ignores him for the most part. Fedor Tyutin joins the fray and ends up holding Crosby. That's two minutes. Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz and Niskanen take the ice.

6:03: A wrister by Neal left circle is fought off by Bobrovsky.

5:45: A one-timer by Malkin from the right point is blocked by Artem Anisimov.

5:18: A low wrister by Malkin from the right circle is kicked out by Bobrovsky.

4:59: Tyutin's minor is killed with minimal threat from the Penguins.

4:44: After a poor pass by Letang from his own left wing corner is stolen by Jack Skille, Skille rockets a slapper from the right circle. Fleury kicks it out.

3:19: A slapper by Niskanen from the right point is blocked.

3:07: Dubinsky swoops behind the net from the left of the cage and tries to tuck in a forehand wraparound. Fleury holds it out with his left skate. Afterwards, Dubinsky gives Adams a slash on the arm. That's two minutes. Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz and Niskanen take the ice.

2:08: Matt Niskanen cashes in. Crosby backhands a pass from the left half wall to Martin above the left circle. Martin sort of misses the puck and allows it to slide to Niskanen at the right point. Niskanen winds up and tees off on a rising slapper which sails by Bobrovsky on the far side. Martin and Crosby get assists. That has to the worst assist in Martin's career. Martin and Crosby get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 3-1.

0:43: A wrister by Mark Letestu is denied by Fleury.

0:00 End of Period. As the horn sounds, Kunitz and Calvert mix it up in the Blue Jackets' left wing corner. Nothing comes of it. Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 1.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-That was pretty one sided. The Blue Jackets were going to have enough trouble in this series just based on the discrepancy in skill. They made things worse by making some mistakes. They can't beat the Penguins by doing stupid things.

-No word on Brian Gibbons he has not played since leaving the bench and heading to the dressing room. He was arguably the Penguins' best player in the period.

-Another player in the conversation was Matt Niskanen. he was a force with his shot from the right point.

-The Blue Jackets need more from their franchise goaltender Bobrovsky. He's not doing nearly enough.

-The Penguins have a 15-4 lead in shot on net.

-The Penguins have a 28-13 lead in attempted shots.

-Adams Orpik, Gibbons and Malkin each lead the game with two shots.

-Johnson leads the game with 8:01 of ice time.

-Martin leads the Penguins with 7:42.

-The Blue Jackets have an 11-9 lead in faceoffs (55 percent).

-Malkin is 3 for 3 (100 percent)

-Dubinsky is 5 for 7 (71 percent).

-Martin and Johansen each lead the game with two blocked shots.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: Kunitz ended up getting a roughing minor for that scrum at the end of the first period. The Blue Jackets will get a power play on fresh ice. Glass, Sutter, Orpik and Martin take the ice.

19:35: Sutter lifts a wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky fights it off.

19:02: Wisniewski chucks a wrister from the left point. Fleury fights it off.

18:34: Anisimov tries to jam in a forehand shot from the right of the cage by Fleury. Fleury denies him. After an intense battle for the rebound, Adams collects it and chucks it down ice.

18:15: A wrister by Calvert from the left circle is blocked by Letang.

17:57: As Kunitz's minor is killed, Savard chops a slapper from the left point which hits a body in front.

17:46: Another penalty. This time, Umberger is called for cross checking Scuderi in the Penguins' crease. Crosby, Neal, Malkin, Niskanen and Martin take the ice.

16:43: Short-handed, Dubinsky swats a bouncing puck from the right circle on net. Fleury fights it off.

16:23: Letang golfs a slapper from the right point. Bobrovsky boots it out.

15:46: As the Umberger minor expires, Letang lifts a wrister from the center point over the cage.

15:05: With GIbbons absent, Stempniak is playing with Crosby and Kunitz.

14:04: Jokinen races up the right wing and chucks a backhander which is blocked.

13:59: Orpik swipes a slapper from the right point. Bobrovsky just gets enough of the hit.

13:34: Martin and Comeau mix it up behind the Penguins' net. with COmeau wrsling Martin to the ice. That doesn't really draw a penalty. After they separate, Comeau shoves Martin and then an official raises his hand. Okay. Comeau basically got his own retaliatory penalty. That's a roughing minor. Crosby,  Kunitz, Neal, Malkin and Niskanen take the ice.

13:19: A short-handed wrister by Letestu from the left circle is kicked out by Fleury.

12:29: The Blue Jackets aren't quitting. Short-handed, Calvert pushes a puck up on the right wing on a two-on-one against Niskanen. Niskanen takes away the pass to Johnson and gives up the shot. Calvert elects to shoot and rips a pretty average wrister by the glove hand of Fleury on the near side. That didn't appear to be anything Fleury shouldn't have stopped. Either way, its an ugly goal for the team to allow. Anisimov and Savard get the assists. Penguins 3-2.

11:34: The Comeau minor is killed. that was a poor effort by the Penguins' power play.

11:18: The Blue Jackets aren't' quitting when it comes to taking penalties either. Comeau trips up Martin in front of the Columbus bench. That's two minutes. Kunitz, Malkin, Martin, Crosby and Neal take the ice.

10:43: Short-handed again, Calvert pushes the puck up the left wing, gains the offensive zone and veers to the slot. He releases a wrister wide to the right of the cage.

9:18: Two minutes later, the Penguins did next to nothing with that power play.

8:48: After Sutter turns the puck over at the Columbus blue line, Skille pushes it up the right wing and rips a wrister. Fleury snags it.

8:01: Off a feed by Malkin, Neal whips a one-timer form the right circle. Bobrovksy kicks it out.

7:01: A wrister by Jenner from the right circle is blocked by Malkin.

6:49: A heavy wrister by Orpik from the high slot is kicked out by Bobrovsky.

6:06: Nikitin chops a slapper from the right point which is blocked.

5:38: After a strong shift by the Blue Jackets, Derek MacKenzie whips a wrister from in tight on the left wing. Fleury kicks it out.

5:21: After icing the puck, the Penguins call time out to get a breather. They needed that. Columbus was dominating the puck in the Penguins' zone.

5:18: Attendance is announced as 18,619. It is the team's 329th consecutive sellout.

4:43: A one-timer by Johnson from the right point is blocked by a kneeling Bennett.

4:36: Jenner chucks a wrister from the high slot. Fleury kicks it out.

3:45: A wrister by Stempniak from the right half wall is blocked wide.

3:22: From above the left circe, Kunitz sails a wrister over the cage.

2:51: After Corey Tropp dumps a puck in deep, Orpik is slammed into the end boards by MacKenzie.

2:15: Savard plays a puck from the Penguins' right half wall and is slammed to the ice by Glass.

2:00: Fleury denies two backhanders in tight by Dubnisky. Fans offer "Flerr-Eeee!" chants in appreciation.

0:47: After a turnover by Letang from behind his own net, a wrister by Calvert from the right circle is blocked denied by Fleury.

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

SECOND INTERMISSION

-That was ugly. The Penguins were lucky to escape that period still holding the lead. They were out-worked most of the period. The Blue Jackets dominated the puck deep quite a bit in the Penguins' zone.

-The Penguins' power play has failed it quite a bit thus far. It's looked rather impotent in regards to threatening Bobrovsky and the short-handed goal it allowed was inexcusable.

-Still no word on Gibbons.

-Times like this are when a bigger contribution from the Penguins' second line would be huge.

-The Penguins have a 23-19 lead in shots on net.

-The Blue Jackets have a 44-43 edge in attempted shots.

-Orpik, Neal and Dubinsky each lead the game with four shots on net.

-Johnson leads the game with 17:50 of ice time.

-Crosby leads the Penguins with 15:00.

-The Blue Jackets lead in faceoffs, 21-17 (55 percent).

-Dubinsky is 9 for 15 (60 percent).

-Malkin is 5 for 6 (83 percent).

-Martin leads the game with four blocked shots.

-Johansen leads the Blue Jackets with two blocked shots.

THIRD PERIOD

19:05: Another penalty. Dubinsky is called for boarding after he hit Martin from behind into the Penguins' bench. Crosby, Malkin, Niskanen, Neal and Kunitz take the ice.

17:07: Neal tries to jam in a forehand shot from the right of the cage but no dice.

17:01: As the Dubinsky minor expires, Letang rips a wrister from the right circle wide to the far side.

16:10: Bennett rips a wrister from deep on the right wing wide to the far side.

14:51: Another penalty. Adams battles save Savard for position near the Columbus net and ends up clipping Bobrovsky in the net with his stick. Bobrovsky sells the penalty hard and Aaams is sent off for high sticking. Sutter, Stempniak, Martin and Orpik take the ice.

14:18: Johansen snaps off a wrister from the right circle. Fleury snags it. Crosby and Jenner mix it up a bit and and have a bit of a stare-down. Jenner does not win that battle.

13:49: Johnson chops  one-timer from the center point wide of the cage. Anisimov and Dubinsky each have a chance at the rebound with Fleury swimming in his crease. Neither can bury it. Scderi or Glass may have blocked on of the shots.

13:33: Wisniewski cranks a slapper form the right half wall. Fleury kicks it out.

13:04: Orpik chips a puck down ice to kill of the rest of Adams' minor. What a big kill.

11:38: Letang chops a slapper from the right point which is blocked out of play.

11:22: Umberger chips and chases a puck up the left wing, He chops a centering feed for Cam Atkinson who taps the puck just wide. What an effort by Umberger.

9:27: Johnson and Adams collide while battling for a puck behind the Columbus net. Johnson wins that battle.

8:22: The Blue Jackets will get another power play. Dubinsky powered the puck up the right wing wall and was tripped by by Scuderi in the Penguins' right circle. That's two minutes for tripping. Crosby, Sutter, Martin and Orpik take the ice.

7:09: Dubinsky has a wrister from the left circle blocked by Letang.

6:29: Another penalty. Calvert pushes the puck up the left wing and leaves a drop pass. A few seconds after releases the puck, he's plastered to the ice by Letang with a check to the chest. Officials call Letang for interference. That's tough. That's a borderline call given the timing but it's interference by the book.  That's two minutes for interference. Columbus will have a brief two-man advantage. Sutter, Adams and Orpik take the ice.

6:21: HUGE save. Off a feed by Johansen, Dubinsky has a chance to the right of the cage but is robbed by Fleury. Scuderi is back on the ice.

6:02: Tie game. A one-timer by Jenner from the slot is blocked. Johansen is able to reach out and tap the rebound to Johnson in the right circle. Johnson is all alone and whacks the puck into the wide open cage to tie the game. Wow. What an effort by the Columbus power play. Johnson is mobbed in the right wing corner to celebrate. Johansen and Jenner get assists. Blue Jackets 3, Penguins 3.

5:42: A wrister by Kunitz from the left circle is kicked out by Bobrovsky.

4:29: A slapper by Stempniak from the right wing is kicked out by Bobrovsky.

3:55: After Orpik bumps the puck in the right wing corner of his own zone, Skille has a chance in the slot but fans on a feed.

2:04: Martin chops a one-time from center point wide of the cage.

1:33: Wisniewski tries jump up at his blue line and swat a puck in the air. He's thumped to the ice by Crosby for his troubles.

0:03: Martin tries to skate with the puck through the neutral zone. Johansen picks his pocket, reverses ice and attacks the Penguins' zone. He challenges Orpik one-on-one and lifts a wrister which  Orpik deflects with his stick. Fleury snags

0:01: Anisimov wins the draw in the Penguins' right circle. Wisniewski chops the puck which hits Johnson in the skates.

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

THIRD INTERMISSION

-Discipline killed the Penguins that period. They took some poor penalties and the Blue Jackets finally  made them pay.

-Special teams have been terrible for the Penguins tonight.

-If anyone sees the members of the Penguins' second line, let them know the game has begun.

-One has to think if Gibbons were available, he could have helped out on one of those penalty kills.

-The Blue Jackets have a 31-30 lead in shots on net.

-The Blue Jackets have a 64-63 lead in attempted shots.

-Dubinsky leads the game with six shots.

-Orpik and Neal each lead the Penguins with five shots.

-Johnson leads the game with 27:24 of ice time.

-Martin lead leads the Penguins with 25:05.

-The Blue Jackets have a 32-22 lead in faceoffs (59 percent).

-Anisimov and Letestu are each 6 for 7 (86 percent).

-Malkin is 5 for 9 (56 percent).

-Martin leads the game with five blocked shots.

-Nikita Nikitin, Johnson, Calvert, Johansen and Wisniewski each lead the Blue Jackets with two blocked shots.

OVERTIME

19:35: A wrister by Stempniak from the right circle is blocked.

19:24: Blake Comeau chucks a wrister from the left half wall. Fleury snags it.

18:51: Malkin chips a puck from the left wing to Jokinen in the left circle. Jokinen re-directs it slightly and the puck bounces in on net where Bobrovsky eats it up.

18:34: A potential two-on-one is broken up by a nice backcheck by Martin.

18:10: Another penalty. Martin is called for high sticking Johansen in the Penguins' right wing corner. Orpik, Sutter, Stempniak and Letang take the ice.

17:03: A wrister by Aktins in the left circle is blocked. Letang clears the rebound down ice.

16:36: Ryan Murray chucks a wrister from the left point. Fleruy snags it.

16:19: A one-timer by Savard in the right circle is fought off by Fleury.

16:10: Martin's minor is killed. Penguins fans offer cheers for that getting through that nerve-racking two minutes.

13:50: The great Joe Vitale gets away with a trip on Jenner behind the Columbus net.

12:36: Sutter rips a wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky eats it up.

12:01: A wrister by Neal from the right wing is blocked by Johnson.

11:56: Neal collects his rebound, circles to the left circle and lifts a wrister. Bobrovsky snags it.

11:26: A slapper by Kunitz from the left wing sails over the cage.

11:16: Dubinsky pounds a slapper from the right point. Fleury eats it up.

10:38: After Letang turns the puck over from his own end boards, Dubinsky tries to jam in a backhander from the left of the cage. No dice.

10:25: A wrister by Martin from the right point is blocked.

9:35: Big chance here for the Penguins. Jokinen blocks a shot by Johnson from the Penguins' right circle. Jokinen tries to chase the rebound but Johnson hauls him down. That two minutes for hooking. Crosby, Malkin, Niskanen, Martin and Kunitz take the ice.

9:23: A one-timer by Malkin from the right circle is fought off by Bobrovsky.

8:53: Martin golfs a slapper from the left point wide of the cage. It hits off the end board, wraparound the right wing board and clears the zone.

7:47: In deep on the left wing, Neal lifts a wrister. Bobrovsky snags it.

7:30: As the Johnson minor expires, Malkin deals a pass from behind the cage to Kunitz to the left of the crease. Kunitz whacks the puck wide.

6:46: Racing up the right circle, the great Joe Vitale snaps off a wrister which Bobrovsky kicks out.

5:27: After icing the puck, the Blue Jackets call a timeout to get a breather.

4:54: After a turnover by Letang in the Penguins' right wing corner, Umberger has a chance in tight but can't get a clean shot off.

4:12: A wrister by Jenner in the left circle is kicked out by Fleury.

3:59: Crosby has a wide open look int he left circle but forces a pass which Murray breaks up.

3:36: Crosby rips a wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky fights it off. Stempniak crashes in and pokes the rebound wide.

3:04: Adams chucks a wrister from the left

2:38: Dubinsky snaps off a wrister from the right half wall. Fleury gets a piece of it.

2:03: Calvert appears to get away with a trip on Scuderi in the Penguins' right wing corner.

1:27: Battling for a puck in the right wing corner of the Penguins' right wing corner, Orpik is launched into the boards by Comeau. Orpik didn't have the puck so that's two minutes for interference. Crosby, Kunitz, Malkin, Martin and Niskanen take the ice.

1:04: Malkin has a wrister from the right circle blocked.

0:53: Crosby shuffles a puck from the right of the cage wide of the crease.

0:37: Malkin rips a wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky kicks it out.

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

FOURTH INTERMISSION

-Forget about any deficiencies the Penguins have for a moment. How intoxicating it this? Every shot takes your breath away. There's nothing like playoff hockey.

-Kris Letang is having a bad game. He's been poor with puck management. He's had far too many turnovers from below his own goal line.

-Scuderi hasn't been much better.

-James Neal did what he could that period. No one could question his effort in that 20 minutes.

-This is where you'll start seeing some really sloppy play by both teams. Fatigue will set in.

-The Penguins have a 42-41 lead in shots on net.

-The Penguins lead in attempted shots, 84-78.

-Dubinsky leads the game with nine shots.

-Neal leads the Penguins with seven shots.

-Johnson leads the game with 37:32 of ice time.

-Martin leads the Penguins with 33:10.

-The Blue Jackets have a 42-33 lead in faceoffs (56 percent).

-Letestu is 9 for 11 (82 percent).

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Sutter is 10 for 19 (53 percent).

-Martin leads the game with five blocked shots.

-Calvert leads the Blue Jackets with four blocked shots.

SECOND OVERTIME

20:00: The Penguins will have 33 seconds of power-play time on fresh ice.  Malkin, Niskanen, Martin, Crosby and Malkin take the ice.

19:13: With the power play expires, a wrister by Comeau of the right wing is fought off by Fleury.

18:50: Game over. Dubinsky controls the puck deep in behind the cage and muscles off a check from Jokinen and deals  pass from the right of the cage. Atkinson swats the puck which Fleury denies initially. Calvert is to the left to the net and swat sit back on net. Fleury's right leg kicks it out. Clavert gets the rebound back and lifts it by Fleury's right leg. His teammates mob him at the Penguins' blue line. Atkinson and Dubinsky get assists. get assists. End of game. Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 3.

POSTGAME

-First things first, Dan Bylsma declined to provide an update on Brian Gibbons injury. He didn't even offer an "upper" or "lower" designation.

-The Penguins choked this one away. They had a 3-1 lead and compete domination after one period. They had eight power plays. They had this game. But they didn't have the energy the Blue Jackets had from the second period on. They were lucky this game even got to overtime. As a result, they have a 1-1 tie heading to Columbus.

-Special teams were the story of this game. The Blue Jackets dominated this aspect of the game as they got three special teams goals (two power play scores and one short-handed). The Penguins had one power-play and one short-handed goal but they flat out stunk when they had chances to score at key moments late in the game. The short-handed goal they allowed to Matt Calvert in the second period was crucial.

-As we said before, the Penguins had eight power plays and only scored on one. For whatever reason, they appeared to become really hesitant to shoot as the game wore on. Perhaps that was a byproduct of using a safer defensive tandem of Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen on the points. That change removed James Neal, an always aggressive shooter from in tight. We understand the motivation to use Martin and Niskanen, especially after Calvert's short-handed goal, but it that change had some consequences.

-Kris Letang and Rob Scuderi brutal nights. They were each took penalties which could have been avoided. Letang was sloppy with the puck while Scuderi looked feeble at times trying to be positionally sound near the cage. Letang has always come with some risk so his turnovers, why aggravating, were hardly surprising. With Scuderi, his bread and butter has always been being positionally sound. Tonight, any evidence of that trait was absent.

-If Dan Bylsma wasntd to make a change to switch in Robert Bortuzzo or even Deryk Engelland into the lineup in place of Scuderi, we couldn't make a reasonable argument against it.

-The absence of Brian Gibbons clearly had some impact on the Penguins. We're not going to say his departure was the one reason the Blue Jackets came back, but he was easily the Penguins' best player in this game, even if he only logged 2:26 of ice time. One could argue he's been the team's best player through two games.

-Sergei Bobrovsky was a difference maker. After a poor first period, he shut things down. He came up with some big save when his team needed them.

-Marc-Andre Fleury needed to be better. We can forgive him for the Jack Johnson goal which tied the game, 3-3, but the goals by Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert were preventable. Even if things breakdown around him, it's not outlandish to expect a franchise goaltender to steal a goal. Fleury did steal a few but not enough.

-Neal was pretty aggressive with shooting the puck, especially late, but the Penguins' second line was a non-factor most of the game. They needed to provide something.

-The Penguins' first line was a little more of a presence with a few chances in tight but they failed to provide much of a scoring treat. Losing Gibbons wasn't helpful but Lee Stempniak has shown just as much scoring touch on that line in recent week. He offered little tonight.

-Whatever spark the Penguin's third line got from Beau Bennett in Game 1, it failed to offer a repeat performance in Game 2.

-There was some significant hitting in this game but overall, this was a much tamer contest compared to Game 1.

-Officials once against called the contest tight. Very little was permitted, even going into the overtime periods.

-After being hemmed in most of Game 1, Johansen stepped up in a big way tonight. He made a nice play in traffic to set up Johnson's game-tying goal and was the player who hit Gibbons and injured him. Johansen had a nice rebound tonight.

-Johnson was snubbed from the United States' Olympic roster in part for Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin. After two games in this series, he has three points. At the very least, he has to be feeling happy on that front.

-Boone Jenner has been a pretty disruptive player in this series thus far. He's not afraid to go to the high traffic areas to mix things up and to create turnovers.

-Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin, who has been teamed primarily with Johnson, did not play beyond the first period. There was not update on his status. He absorbed some big hits from Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass early.

-David Savard picked up a lot of the slack for Tyutin and did a fair job. He recorded two assists.

-Brandon Dubinsky only had one assist. It was a big one which set up Cavert's overtime goal. Even with his meager statistics, he had a tremendous game. He was a terror on the forecheck and caused plenty of problems around the cage.

-It would be a stretch to say R.J. Umberger had a a big impact on this game but he seemed more than comfortable on the ice. If anything was ailing him, it wasn't evident.

-The Blue Jackets led in shots, 45-42.

-The Penguins had an 84-82 lead in attempted shots.

-Dubinsky led the game with nine shots.

-Neal led the Penguins with seven shots.

-Johnson led the game with 38:21 of ice time.

-Martin led the Penguins with 34:07.

-The Blue Jackets led inf acoffs, 43-33 (57 percent).

-Mark Letestu was 10 for 12 (83 percent).

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Sutter was 10 for 19 (53 percent).

-Martin led the game with five blocked shots.

-Johnson led the Blue Jackets with four blocked shots.

-The Penguins played in a multi-overtime game for the ninth time in franchise history. They are now 3-6 in those games. They have never won a multi-overtime game at home.

-Gibbons scored the first two postseason goals of his NHL career. He became the 18th player in franchise history to score a short-handed goal in the postseaosn.

-Sidney Crosby (108 points) moved past Kevin Stevens (106) for third place on the franchise's career postseason scoring list.

-The Blue Jackets won a postseason game for the first time in franchise history.

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About the Blue Jackets - Game 2 - 04-19-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blue Jackets.

When and where: 7 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.

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

Leading postseason scorer: Jack Johnson, 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).

Last Game: 4-3 road loss in Game 1, Wednesday. Johnson had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-0, 3.00 GAA, .912 SV%) for the Penguins. Sergei Bobrovsky (0-1, 4.07 GAA, .875 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right wingers Chris Conner (hand), center Marcel Goc (ankle) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) are out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (knee) is on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, left winger R.J. Umberger ("upper body") is probable. Left wingers Nick Foligno ("lower body") is doubtful. Right winger Nathan Horton (abdominal) is 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 - 49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 22 Lee Stempniak
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 (above) - 42 Artem Anisimov - 14 Blake Comeau
 26 Derek MacKenzie - 55 Mark Letestu - 26 Corey Tropp

51 Fedor Tyutin - 7 Jack Johnson
27 Ryan Murray - 21 James Wisniewski
6 Nikita Nikitin - 58 David Savard

Notes:

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

-Malkin has 99 career points.

-Umberger is expected to play after missing Game 1.

-The referees are Dave Jackson (No. 8) and Dan O'Rourke (No. 9). The linesmen are David Brisebois (No. 96) and Jonny Murray (No. 95).

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Ghost makes the underworld seem so pleasant

Written by Scott Mervis on .

Ghost3Papa Emeritus II by Rich Frollini Coda PhotographyAnd the winner for "Band That Looks Least like it Sounds" goes to ... Ghost.

The Swedish group dresses for a black mass with five Nameless Ghouls and an evil pope, Papa Emeritus II, but rather than sounding like a Darkthrone or a Mayhem, Ghost sounds like they were weaned on Blue Oyster Cult records, with their smooth vocals and melodic synched guitars.

The band, which played Stage AE on Good Friday, does add the touch of piped-in choral vocals in the "Carmina Burana" vein and Latin lyrics praising Lucifer.

It's a thrill when the lights go down and they emerge in full regalia, before their stained-glass cathedral backdrop, with "Infestissumam Per Aspera," the orchestral lead track from their second and latest album.

Even with black hoods and masks covering their faces, the musicianship is tight and Papa, who creeps around the stage with ceremonial gestures, is a gifted singer -- although you could hear multiple voices and he was the only one who appeared to be singing.

The problem with Ghost is that several songs in, the thrill fades and the energy starts to lag. A couple times, the musicians gathered center stage to jam but they don't move around much and Papa's interaction with the crowd is basically along the line of "Good evening. How are you feeling, Pittsburgh?" in a funny accent.

They broke up the set with their darkly plodding cover of "Here Comes the Sun" and later washed Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts" in melody. I couldn't help but think about Kiss concerts, though, where you're sitting there going, "I can wait till Gene does ... "

ghostsetYou want Ghost to breathe fire (although you can't do that in a club) or spit blood or burn incense or sacrifice a crowd member or something evil. Maybe they should hire Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper or Marilyn Manson as their horror-prop consultant.

Ghost4Even with a sing-along climax of "Come together, together as one/come together for Lucifer's son," Ghost makes the underworld seem so darn pleasant.

 

 

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