Blue Jackets hold off Penguins, avoid sweep

The Pens are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Penguins put pressure on the Blue Jackets the rest of the period but couldn't beat Bobrovsky and trailed 3-2 heading into the third period.

Captain Joe Pavelski set a franchise record for the fastest goal at the outset of a playoff game - just 15 seconds in - in addition to scoring later on the power play and contributing an assist. Karlsson's first playoff goal made it 4-2. "Everybody at this time of the year is dealing with bumps and bruises".

The Columbus Blue Jackets are not dead yet. Hard-hitting winger Zack Kassian has turned into a clutch goal-scorer in the playoffs with the game-winners in back-to-back contests to give Edmonton the lead in the series after dropping the opener in overtime. Columbus has already laid a licking on anything that moves, too.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - After posting two of the top four records in the National Hockey League in the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets both need to find out a way to get a win on the road or their playoff runs will end nearly as soon as they began. What started as a shouting match ended with a Blue Jackets fan getting clocked by a Penguins fan, who quickly bolted from the area. While there's no indication as to what the schedule will hold in the second round, let's imagine for a second Pittsburgh won Tuesday night.

Part of playing "the right way", for Sullivan, is "being hard to play against, making good decisions with the puck and staying on the right side of people", he said. That's seven days to ice up, stretch out and get a reprieve from physically punishing hockey. "Certainly the one common theme through the series to this point is we know we're capable of much better starts". Three different players drew in for their 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff debuts on Tuesday - defensemen Markus Nutivaara and Kyle Quincey, and rookie forward Lukas Sedlak. "But we have a lot more work to do".

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The Wild's struggles are even more perplexing. And this is to say nothing of what a sweep could do for Carl Hagelin, Chris Kunitz and goaltender Matt Murray.

Johansen leads the series with five points (one goal, one assist), while Forsberg has scored twice and Arvidsson once through three games. Kunitz is nearly certainly out the rest of the round, regardless, but the series ending in a hurry allows Hagelin and Murray worry-free rest until the start of the second round, at which point one or both could be ready to go.

Over the last two games, the Penguins have only been effective on offense. Would it maybe encourage Pittsburgh to see what Jarry can do with hopes he can replicate the performance of Jeff Zatkoff from the year prior?

Conor Sheary knows that being back on home ice should give the Penguins a boost.

By the looks of the video, a couple of Penguins fans got into a shouting match with Blue Jackets fans.

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