Dec 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Simon Despres (47) checks Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Blake Comeau (14) during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins: Three Stars

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The Columbus Blue Jackets traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins in the first of two back to back games.  The Blue Jackets started the game with energy and stayed even with the Penguins through a period and a half.  Evgeni Malkin scored the first goal and Sidney Crosby the second.

Third Star: Matt Calvert

He capitalized on a moment of weakness for Marc-Andre Fleury.  Fleury had just tried to score an empty net goal (which should have been icing in my opinion) so he wasn’t focused on stopping the puck.  Matt Calvert took a shot when he knew Fleury wasn’t paying attention.  He ruined the shutout and brought the game within 1 for the last 50 seconds.

Second Star: Jack Johnson

This is the first game of the year in which I have heard more than one positive comment about Jack.  Just this morning I was wondering if he was USA Olympic team worthy, so this is a huge improvement.  I can’t watch the games, but from what Bob McElligot and Jody Shelley described, he tag teamed a great shot block with Ryan Murray.

First Star: Curtis McElhinney

Sure he let in 2 goals, but he made some highlight reel saves too.  He ended up with a .933 save percentage for the night, which is still impressive.  With Sergei Bobrovsky out, it is nice to know that the Blue Jackets can trust McElhinney to get the job done.

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