Nov 2, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkiin (71) kicks the puck during the 1st period of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets VS Pittsburgh Penguins - Three Stars Of The Weekend

Union and Blue Three Stars Of The Game – CBJ vs PIT

Even though the Columbus Blue Jackets lost both games in the home and home, there were still three standouts on the Jackets team.

Third Star – Ryan Murray

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Murray played his heart out to the very end, even when it wasn’t worth it.  The kid has talent.  He was on a line with Jack Johnson instead of his usual partner of James Wisniewski, which might have had something to do with his success this weekend.  Murray digs pucks out of the corners, throws his body around and blocks shots.  He’s proving himself to the team and doing a darn good job of it.

Second Star – Ryan Johansen

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RyJo stepped up against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He was one of the main reasons the Pens did not score any more than they did.  RyJo went after Sidney Crosby and essentially neutralized him.  Crosby had no points on the night and didn’t seem to draw my eye. RyJo worked hard, and it paid off.

First Star – Curtis McElhinney

My first star goes to McBackup.  After relieving Sergei Bobrovsky yesterday and starting the game today, he put on a great show.  He made some highlight worthy saves and it is thanks to him that the Penguins only scored two goals tonight.  Is he better than Bob?  We’ll see what the coaching staff thinks on Tuesday.

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