Matt Calvert is garbage. I woke up early this morning just because I thought about how mad I was at him. I'm not advocating Sestito being dressed or even near a playoff game, but mannnnnn it'd be fun to watch Sestito send Matt Calvert to the moon.
Ok, back to hockey, which is something Matt Calvert and the Columbus Blue Jackets can't seem to do very well. The Penguins took Game Two last night by a score of 4-1 and now have a commanding 2-0 series lead heading back to Columbus.
Aside from a somewhat sloppy first period which seems to be the trend these last two games, the Penguins looked dominant. Sidney Crosby lead the Penguins with three points last night (1 goal, 2 assists) while Evgeni Malkin found the back of the net last night for the first time this postseason (even though we're just two games in). Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary continue to be a force out there and it is truly beautiful to watch.
To piggyback off of what @KBJelly wrote after Game One, the Blue Jackets actually suck. Actually let me further elaborate on that, John Tortorella sucks. The Blue Jackets strategy of just trying to hit the Penguins for 60 straight minutes isn't working and it's becoming comical to watch. The Blue Jackets have given the Penguins more odd-man chances this series than an average Mia Khalifa video shows. But seriously, the Blue Jackets take themselves out of the play just to try to hit the Penguins and it's been pretty fun to watch.
The first half of the first period was pretty much all CBJ until 9:31 into the first when Sidney Crosby found the back of the net for his first goal of the post season.
At the time, the Penguins were being outshot 8-0 when Crosby scored, so it felt like an EASHL hockey game all over again. #IceTilt.
The first period would end with the Penguins being up 1-0 thanks to the Crosby goal. The next goal wouldn't come until 7:00 into the second period thanks to Gibsonia's own Brandon Saad. Side note: Brandon Saad (from what I've seen) is the only Blue Jacket who hasn't acted like a total dick in some way shape or form. I could be wrong, but these are just observations I've made while I'm at the game. Either way, Saad absolutely picked his corner to make it 1-1.
The Blue Jackets had some momentum, right?
Just 51 seconds later, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel teamed up to do the damn thing. Now I do know my fair share about hockey and maybe I'm wrong here, but I feel like giving up an odd-man rush to Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel is a bad idea. Let's see how that worked out for the Blue Jackets...
Classic. 2-1 Penguins.
The period would end with the Penguins up 2-1. Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Foligno yelled at the stripes for upwards of two minutes because they realized how truly terrible at hockey they were. The Penguins were going to start the third period on the power play.
The third period was somewhat nerve racking until Evgeni Malkin said, "lol nah" just two minutes in.
What a shot. The Penguins were up 3-1 and pretty much let the Blue Jackets skate themselves to death. It was fun to watch.
Patric Hornqvist would ice the game with an empty netter with 46 seconds to go.
Let me say this though, Matt Calvert is scum. If you missed it, with seconds remaining he cross-checked Tom Kuhnhackl in the back of the head and then proceeded to knock him over shortly after. Legit a scumbag move from a scumbag player. Look it up. Get mad.