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The Bad Luck Columbus Blue Jackets Lose Their First Round Series To The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

“We played our (glutei) off,” Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “That’s not a 4-1 series.”

Jackets fans will stew over the officiating, and their beefs will not be wholly without merit. The fateful call came early in the third period. A goal by Oliver Bjorkstrand — which would have tied the score at 3 — was wiped out on a goaltender’s interference penalty on Alexander Wennberg.

When the so-called foul occurred, Fleury was outside of his crease and Wennberg was being hooked, rather blatantly, by Scott Wilson. Fleury embellished the contact with a lovely back dive and the referees either missed or ignored the hook. The Penguins went on a power play and the rest is history.

Playoff officiating can be capricious. You want to avoid complaint? Winning helps.

The Jackets ran into just enough bad luck to stunt a series of fine efforts. They had no luck in Games 1 and 2 — seriously, none at all. They lost their star rookie defenseman, Zach Werenski, who took a puck in the face in Game 3. They lost their captain, Nick Foligno, to a lower-body injury in Game 5. There was a lot that was scrambled in front of Bobrovsky, who never got comfortable.


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“That’s not a 4-1 series.”

Except it was a 4-1 series.  The Pens scored 21 goals to the Jackets 13.


Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/21/17 at 10:19 AM ET


Bobrovsky looked like he was playing too deep at times and he was not holding onto pucks
or directing rebounds effectively.

He might win a second Vezina, but it’s hard to feel good about that when
he has yet to steal a game in the playoffs, or even perform to par.

Columbus was good at Pittsburgh’s net-front and could have perhaps gotten
a better bounce with a puck or two, but Fleury and his teammates did
a decent job of defending in close, too.

Posted by Lefty30 on 04/21/17 at 04:18 PM ET

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