Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead


Asked about his young wingers keeping up with him, Crosby, the Rocket Richard Trophy victor during the season with 44 goals, turned the conversation 180 degrees.

Since they're now down 2-0 in the series, a playoff-long suspension might only last two more games, but if Columbus were to come back and advance, it'd certainly be harsh. "They did a good job of keeping pucks in tonight and that's where we got hurt". He stepped in after scheduled starter Matt Murray was injured before Game 1 and has stood tall. Sergei Bobrovsky has not played up to his Vezina level self, whereas Fleury is playing like its 2009 again. The Wild, the best 5-on-5 team in hockey in the regular season, really can't catch a break in the offensive zone this series. "It's another day and we're going to get focused for Game 3".

He clearly responded well to the third period benching.

While the Capitals and Blackhawks are battling to get out of round one, the Pens are just beginning to elevate their game.

The other was Oliver Bjorkstrand.

"I didn't bat an eyelash about it", Penguins goalie coach Mike Bales said. If Bjorkstrand could start finding the back of the net, he could singlehandedly win this team a game.

With every injury the Penguins encounter, an opportunity is born for a young player to make an impact. Harrington does not have the speed and it's glaringly obvious.

The Jackets had no answer for Sidney Crosby who showed everyone why he's the best player in the world. He was everywhere he needed to be on the ice, and as a result he picked up three points (one goal, two assists). On Friday night, Edmonton was much better both offensively and defensively, outshooting the Sharks 36-16. As for the forward group, he saw his fair share of time against Brandon Dubinsky but also a good chunk of time against the third line of William Karlsson, Matt Calvert and Josh Anderson. The Penguins could find their legs wearing down a little bit after continuing to take hit after hit in the first two games.

Speaking of Calvert, he very well may be missing some time after this nonsense.

"I personally prefer to go down on one knee", Cole said, "because you can still pop up really quick, can still hide (your body) and stay tight and get your stick out there, so if they try to pump and walk around you, you can still kind of maneuver a little bit rather than laying down completely". In a video announcing the suspension, the National Hockey League said risky or retaliatory plays meant to send a message in a playoff series will be viewed in that context and punished accordingly.

Tortorella, a 58-year-old Boston native, has mostly managed to avoid the kind of antics that made him a YouTube celebrity. He did not have a strong game, that third line were the only three players to be below a 50% Corsi.

Will the Pittsburgh Penguins take a commanding 3-0 lead in their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets when the two meet up today at 6PM ET?