Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep


Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep

Sergei Bobrovsky turned back 27 shots in helping Columbus force a Game 5 in Pittsburgh.

Jack Johnson, Josh Anderson, Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal for the Blue Jackets.

Kessel is coming off the first three-assist game of his 50-game National Hockey League postseason career.

To add to that, here's an incredible video Blue Jackets' fan Mekenna posted on Twitter, showing Tortorella's amused reaction when ambushed with a popular Snapchat filter. The veteran netminder made 23 saves in a 2-1 Game 4 win, including several in a Canadiens flurry in the final minute, brining his playoff save percentage to.944.

The Penguins answered to pull within one again at 2:10 of the third on Kuhnhackl's goal. Jenner gave the Blue Jackets some breathing room again with a tip-in on a shot from Saad that made it 5-3.

Nutivaara's goal at 4:48 of the second period boosted the Blue Jackets' lead to 3-0. He grabbed a chip pass from Karlsson, circled in from the right and beat Fleury between the pads.

But back came the Penguins.

Rangers 2, Canadiens 1: Rick Nash and Jesper Fast scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves as NY evened its first-round playoff series with Montreal at two games apiece.

That's why the rest of the conference is going to be thankful that, if even for one more night, the Blue Jackets have slowed down what seems to be inevitable at this point.

The Blue Jackets scored the first goal for the second straight game.

About a minute later, Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov misplayed the puck along the boards and Fast grabbed the loose puck and slid it through Price's legs for an unassisted goal at 11:39 to open the scoring. The win on home ice extends the series to Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena, but how much of a chance does Columbus really have to win the next three games against the defending champion Penguins?

Kyle Quincey forced a turnover at center ice and passed to Karlsson, who fed Anderson as he sped into the zone and skated in on Fleury before sliding the puck under the goalie's pads. Calvert sat in the press box Sunday night, serving a one-game penalty for breaking a stick over the back of Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl and then decking him after the game was out of reach Friday night. Toronto has proven its worth and is a real threat to push the Presidents' Trophy winners to the brink of elimination in what would be one of the bigger upsets in National Hockey League history.

After the first three games, the Columbus players shed their gear in a room that was almost silent.

That is until the 2nd period that the Penguins have dominated in the series. Radulov earned his fourth assist of the series on the play. The Minnesota Wild, who had a 12-game winning streak this season, are down 0-3 to the surprising St. Louis Blues while Cup favorites Chicago and Washington have been plunged into challenging first-round series of their own.



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