The Pittsburgh Penguins were banged up in mid-March and needed a spark. "I think our team has played hard, has had some struggles along through the game here, but we're not changing our approach in how we're supposed to play and how we're preparing for the game".
"Sid and the Kids" are growing up on the job.
The Blue Jackets scored the first goal of the game just 11 seconds after the puck dropped and at one time had a two goal lead but eventually fell in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4.
"I call (B.S.) on that", Tortorella said. Since Pittsburgh kept possession of the puck, officials didn't stop play, which led to Bryan Rust tying the game at three as Werenski spilled red on the ice on his way to the locker room.
The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night. But as much as they would like a sweep, the Penguins know it's unsafe to bring out the brooms too early. "They're pretty fast and they have a lot of skill".
"Desperate", Dubinsky said. "We have no other choice". "In the second half of that first period we got some really good chances and we were down, but it felt like we could've easily tied it up".
Even depleted, the Penguins have incredible forward depth.
He added the caption: "Playoff hockey..."
After racing out to a 3-0 lead in round one - scoring three, four, and five goals respectively - it certainly doesn't appear that the Penguins are missing anybody up front. However, through the first two games, these teams have combined to play almost three full overtime periods.
Marc-Andre Fleury, meanwhile, has posted a 1.86 goals-against average. But their shot attempts still compared favorably to those generated by the Blue Jackets.
The awakening came earlier than in the series opener. Columbus holds off elimination for another day, just barely. Still, for most of the night, including on multiple Blue Jackets goals, his rebound control was very poor.
The momentum lasted all of 51 seconds, or as along as it took for Crosby and Guentzel to break in 2-on-1. Evgeni Malkin contributed three assists, and Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby had two assists each for the Penguins. F Matt Calvert also was back after serving a one-game suspension for breaking his stick over the back of Kuhnhackl on Friday. D Scott Harrington was a scratch. Although the 28-year-old Bobrovsky is 0-5-0 with an.879 save percentage in April, captain Nick Foligno was quick to the tell the newspaper that "we have full confidence in Bob that he's going to shut the door".
"That's a good team - they can sense the blood in the water", Tortorella said.style="text-align: center;"