NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Columbus|
(Wednesday, April 23rd)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Foligno's tally at 2:49 of overtime
gave the Columbus Blue Jackets their first home playoff win in franchise
history, a 4-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins which evened this Eastern
Conference quarterfinal at two games apiece.
Foligno carried the puck up the left wing through the neutral zone in a 1-
on-1 with Pens defenseman Matt Niskanen, then released the puck below the
circle, where it dropped from the glove hand of Marc-Andre Fleury and slid
"I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm
thanking my lucky stars tonight," Foligno said.
Fleury was also responsible for a miscue leading to the Blue Jackets' tying
goal with less than 24 seconds remaining in regulation. He headed behind his
net to play a Jack Johnson dump-in, but the puck hopped over his stick and
found Ryan Johansen, who dished into the slot for a successful shot by Brandon
Fleury ended up with 42 saves in the crushing setback, while counterpart
Sergei Bobrovsky clocked in with 22 stops after giving up the game's first
three scores in a span of just over five minutes in the first period.
Johansen and Boone Jenner notched the other goals for the Blue Jackets, who
had gone 0-3 in Ohio's capital in the postseason before Wednesday's triumph.
Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz and James Neal tallied for the Penguins, who can
steal momentum back home in Game 5 on Saturday.
"We have to respond, from Sidney Crosby right down through our lineup. We have
to respond as a team, Marc-Andre Fleury and the whole group," Pittsburgh coach
Dan Bylsma said.
Adams opened up the scoring while Pittsburgh was shorthanded, whipping a shot
over Bobrovsky's shoulder from the right circle just 6:09 in.
It was 2-0 just four seconds into a Derek MacKenzie roughing minor, as
Niskanen's blast from the point off a right-circle faceoff win sailed
home thanks to a tip from Kunitz at 10:37.
Neal potted his first of the series from a Jussi Jokinen pass only 33 seconds
later, but the hosts hit the scoreboard on their first man advantage of the
night, as a shot from Mark Letestu caromed off Jenner in front and popped over
Fleury at 16:39 of the opening frame.
Columbus had a golden chance to get back into the contest after a double-minor
for high sticking to Lee Stempniak and a delay-of-game call to Brandon Sutter
gave the Blue Jackets a two minute 5-on-3 in the second period, but Pittsburgh
was able to kill off both penalties.
Dubinsky's cross-crease pass was tipped first by Artem Anisimov and then in by
Johansen at the left post with 5:40 to play in the second, and several more
quality chances found Fleury on a subsequent power play when Niskanen went off
for tripping with two minutes left.
The Pens were lucky to be ahead 3-2 after 40 minutes, having been outshot by
an 18-6 margin in the middle session.
A James Wisniewski tripping call just after the midway point of the third
period passed without a serious scoring chance from Pittsburgh.
According to Elias and the National Hockey League's PR department, this series
is the first in league history in which four consecutive games have been won
by a team which has trailed by at least two goals ... Penguins captain Sidney
Crosby won 16-of-25 faceoffs, including 10-of-17 against Dubinsky ...
Wisniewski was credited with two assists, as was Penguins defenseman Paul
Martin ... The Blue Jackets scratched defenseman Ryan Murray with a right foot
injury suffered when he took a shot to the skate in practice.
04/24 01:19:38 ET