Sport Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets with 5-2 win in Game 5

06:22  21 april  2017
06:22  21 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets

  Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won't matter when the puck drops on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have twice as many Stanley Cups (four) as the Blue Jackets have postseason wins (two)? Sure, it looks nice in a trophy case, but those things are designed to celebrate the past.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5 - 2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday night.

PITTSBURGH (AP) " Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5 - 2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday night.

Bryan Rust scored twice for Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel added his second of the playoffs and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 49 saves. The defending Stanley Cup champions will face the winner of the Toronto-Washington series in the conference semifinals starting next week.

Columbus' Zach Werenski gets hit in the face with puck, bleeds all over the ice as Penguins score

  Columbus' Zach Werenski gets hit in the face with puck, bleeds all over the ice as Penguins score Zach Werenski took some serious damage after a Phil Kessel shot hit him in the face.The 19-year-old Werenski tallied his first career postseason goal in the first period of Game 3, firing a gorgeous laser past Pittsburgh netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. That goal gave Columbus an early 3-1 lead.

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5 - 2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday night.

play. Blue Jackets fight off elimination with 5 -4 win (2:42). Looking to avoid getting swept out of the playoffs, the Blue Jackets jump out to a big lead and then hold off the Penguins to win 5-4 and force a Game 5 . ( 2 :42).

BOX SCORE:  PENGUINS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2

William Karlsson and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, but Sergei Bobrovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots to finish a forgettable series.

Columbus trailed by three in the second period but had a potential tying goal waved off in the third for interference. Pittsburgh responded immediately. Crosby's one-timer on the power play restored a two-goal lead and Wilson's backhand less than a minute later finished off the Blue Jackets.

Columbus avoided being swept with a spirited 5-4 win on Tuesday, extending the series by playing with the kind of desperation Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan insisted his team needed if it wanted to get some rest before the second round.

It's a refrain Sullivan has preached repeatedly over the last couple weeks and once again, the Penguins didn't listen.

Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead

  Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves. Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh to rookie to get a playoff hat trick.The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night.After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.

The Blue Jackets have outscored the Penguins 5 - 2 in the first period over the course of the series, including building two-goal leads in both Game While the Penguins have won a pair of Cups during the two-time MVP's tenure, they are just 15-13 in games in which they can eliminate the opponent.

The Blue Jackets have outscored the Penguins 5 - 2 in the first period over the course of the series, including building two-goal leads in both Game While the Penguins have won a pair of Cups during the two-time MVP's tenure, they are just 15-13 in games in which they can eliminate the opponent.

And once again, they were able to get away with it thanks to Fleury. He fended off 15 shots in the first period alone, several of them from point-blank range. It gave the Penguins time to find their legs, and Kessel's wrist shot from the top of the circle 9:07 into the first put Pittsburgh in front.

When Rust scored twice less than three minutes apart early in the second -- both of them on backhand rebounds -- the Penguins appeared to be in control.

The Blue Jackets, trying to extend a breakthrough season that included a franchise-record 108 points and the sixth-best record in the league, showed one last flash. Karlsson and Jenner beat Fleury twice in 2:54 at the game's midway point and Columbus was right back in it.

The surge ended when Fleury flopped to the ground after Alex Wenneberg clipped the goaltender as he fought off a check in the crease five minutes into the third. Columbus coach John Tortorella and the rest of the Blue Jackets bench erupted in anger. Things only got worse for Columbus when Crosby powered a shot from just above the goal line by Bobrovsky. Wilson pushed the lead to three when he casually tapped a backhand by a woefully out of position Bobrovsky.

Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead

  Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves. Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh to rookie to get a playoff hat trick.The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night.After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.

Will the Pittsburgh Penguins finish off the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5 on Thursday? However, with the Blue Jackets 5 -4 win in Tuesday’s Game 4, the Pens will have to wait until Thursday for another chance to eliminate them.

The Blue Jackets have outscored the Penguins 5 - 2 in the first period over the course of the series, including building two-goal leads in both Game While the Penguins have won a pair of Cups during the two-time MVP's tenure, they are just 15-13 in games in which they can eliminate the opponent.

The Russian led the NHL in goals-against average (2.06) and save percentage (.931) during the regular season but couldn't keep the league's highest-scoring team in check. Pittsburgh scored at least three goals in all five games and at least four in four of them to leave the Blue Jackets still searching for their first playoff series victory.

It's become old hat in Pittsburgh, which will have some time to rest before beginning the next step in its title defense.

NOTES: Columbus F Nick Foligno was scratched following pregame warmups due to a lower-body injury. ... Pittsburgh finished 5-0 at home against the Blue Jackets this season, never trailing in any of the five games. ... Rust has seven goals and one assist in nine career playoff elimination games. ... Columbus went 1 for 3 on the power play. Pittsburgh was 2 for 4.

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Penguins and Capitals have been here many times before .
Stunning things happen during the Stanley Cup playoffs every year, and 2017 has been no exception. Who foresaw Nashville limiting Chicago’s high-octane offense to three goals in four games?Or the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 finishers in the regular-season standings being jettisoned in Round 1?Or Boston accumulating five delay-of-game minors in its final two games against Ottawa?Not everything, however, is chaotic and unpredictable in the spring.Exhibit A: The Penguins are preparing to face Washington in a best-of-seven series, beginning at 7:38 p.m. Thursday at Verizon Center.

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