Published: Sun, April 23, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep

But there is a sense of optimism surrounding the franchise.

That's the way it usually tends to go for teams who make deep postseason runs. Had it not been for some terrible luck, an injury to rookie sensation Zach Werenski and star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky going cold at the worst possible time, they might have upset them. We see that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks, and Tortorella should win the Jack Adams because of it. More importantly, the unheralded centerman, not usually known for his faceoff prowess, won 12 of 22 draws and was credited with containing Pittsburgh's red-hot "Sid and the Kids" line, which registered no points and was minus-2.

The Wild's struggles are even more perplexing. They win, but I like a lot of things about our club. "We have to lick our wounds and learn from some of things that went on in this series".

Not going to chalk it all up to score effects explaining why the Pens gave up 38.8 shots per game, but I don't think it's the end of the world.

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of Sunday's game than in their first two playoff games combined. They established a 3-0 lead early in the second period and held on from there.

Parting shot: Just play.

Gobert became the first player in Jazz history to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks in a single season. Alexander Wennberg had a career-best 59 points and Foligno bounced back with 26 goals and 25 assists after a disappointing season in 2015-16.

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Like the Wild and Blackhawks, the Flames are trying to join the elite company of the four teams that have come back to win a series when trailing 3-0. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy, had a 3.61 goals-against average and.891 save percentage through his first three games of the playoffs after finishing first in the regular season (2.06 GAA, .931 save percentage).

"They've got some unusual goals, and that sometimes can play in your mind a little bit and we fought through that", Trotz said Thursday. "He has had a tremendous year". Pittsburgh is one of the best home teams in the National Hockey League and the Penguins aren't likely to pass up this opportunity to finish things off.

Colton Sissons' second of the series was the game victor nine minutes into the third period, and after Josi and Jonathan Toews traded goals later in the period Viktor Arvidsson brought out the brooms for the Predators with two minutes left, putting them up 4-1 and sending downtown Nashville into delirium.

The Rangers, who gave up the tying goal with 18 seconds left in the third period of Game 2 before losing in overtime, stopped Montreal in the final minutes in this one. "Sure, we're still in a pretty big hole, but we've just got to take it one game at a time and try to manage the series that way". This season, the Blue Jackets were that team.

After scoring just seven goals in the regular season, Kassian has scored his first two game-winners since the 2014-15 regular season. The team bought into his no-nonsense, "safe is death" style, even though they grumbled about his notoriously tough training camp. Matt Murray's status remains in question, but as long as Fleury plays like he did Thursday, it's hard to imagine Sullivan taking him out of the net.

Torts may be around awhile.

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