After a very long wait for Columbus Blue Jacket fans, they are finally in another post-season, and the puck has dropped in the battle for Lord Stanley.
It is no surprise that the first period was extremely exciting. These two teams have never looked so fast when playing each other, and the Blue Jackets did everything they could to stifle the red-hot offense of Pittsburgh.
Only six minutes in, along with great puck protection and a pass by Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson was able to fake Mark Andre Fleury to the left, creating a wide open net on the right to make it a 1-0 game.
The lead would be short lived. Ten minutes later, Jussi Jokinen got the puck in the back of the net off of a wrist shot. Then, in dramatic fashion, the Blue Jackets scored 45 seconds later on a power play to regain the lead and go into the first intermission up 2-1.
The 2nd period was no less exciting. Three goals were scored in the first 2:19 of the period by Derek MacKenzie, Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen which evened the score at 3 each. As far as scoring goes, that would be it for the 2nd, although it was very exciting and hard fought by both teams.
In the 3rd, it was Brandon Sutter that scored to give the Penguins their first lead of the game. They held that lead and won 4-3 in the end.
Columbus needs to put this dramatic loss behind them. Our boys in Union Blue need to pick themselves up, and get ready to get the job done in game two which will be held Saturday night at 7:30 in Pittsburgh.
My Three CBJ Stars:
1. Jack Johnson
2. Matt Calvert
3. Brandon Dubinsky
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