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Last night the Penguins took care of business as they eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets and their bandwagon fanbase from the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. To say that this game didn't have its tense moments would be an absolute lie! Ask anyone leading up to Sidney Crosbys powerplay goal in the third period. They will tell you, including myself, that it was quite nerve racking. So enough of that. Lets recap it.
Like sand in an hour glass, so are the Columbus Blue Jackets and quick starts in the playoffs. As it had been over the whole series, the Jackets came out strong in the start, often testing Marc-Andre Fleury early. By the first TV timeout, they already held a 8-3 edge in shots. Now I'm sure you're thinking to yourself, "Great the Pens are screwed. Columbus came out strong and the Pens are flat." Well in the words of Bad News Barrett..."I'm afraid I've got some bad news!"
Despite it being refereed by Tim Peel, the Pens were awarded thee first powerplay of the game, and on it the #RealAmerican, Phil Kessel, fired a wrister past Sergei Bobrovsky. Once Kessel scored, the Pens started controlling play. The Jackets would counter back with a couple strong chances, but Fleury was up to the task. 1-0 after one.
After the intermission, Bryan Rust continued his clutch play in elimination games by scoring two straight goals. After the third goal, the Jackets took offense to it by roughing up Malkin, but all that did was make them shorthanded. The Jackets there after would score two goals to make it a 3-2 game.
As the period came to an end, the Pens had a couple of solid chances, including a powerplay, but couldn't break anything past Bobrovsky. 3-2 after two.
In the final frame, the Jackets thought they had tied the game, but instead they hadn't as goaltender interference was called. Shortly after the non-goal, the Pens received a powerplay, which caused a lot of anger and angst on the ice and in the crowd.
During the powerplay, there were many instances of infractions done by Blue Jacket forwards that weren't called. The most significant one being a cross-check on Patric Hornqvist into the outside of the net. Nothing was called, f u Tim Peel. Hornqvist was #Mad.Gov, as he slammed the bench door.
The Pens would finally score on that powerplay as Sidney Crosby fired a shot past Bobrovsky down low. 4-2 lead. Scott Wilson would score moments after to make it 5-2, which that would be the final score.
Ah the handshake line. What a view. Too bad asshat John Tortorella didn't partake in it.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 49 saves, and now has 57 career playoff victories.
He leads the team all time.
Phil Kessel had three points, 1 G & 2 A.
As mentioned, John Tortorella didn't partake in the handshake line, and thats probably because wanted to get an early start with golf.
F Torts IMO.
All of those broken dreams in Columbus>>>>>>
Conor Sheary was removed off the top line during the third, and was replaced by Hornqvist,
Most likely because hes been awful in the playoffs thus far.
Blue Jackets fans are quite comical on Twitter after this one.
With the victory the Pens have a week off until Round Two starts.
Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks were swept by the Nashville Predators.
So long until October to Tortorella & all of Columbus
GO LEAFS GO!
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