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The Pittsburgh Penguins Handled The Physical Play By The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins used a hockey version of judo to secure a 5-2 win Thursday night and oust Columbus in five games in a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

They took the Blue Jackets' greatest strength and turned it into a weakness.

The Blue Jackets came into the series with their reputation well established. They were a big, physical team that liked to throw punishing hits, especially on the forecheck. On every line, from Brandon Dubinsky to Boone Jenner to Josh Anderson, there was a hulking forward capable of stapling opponents to the boards.

The game plan against the Penguins was simple. The Blue Jackets were going to come out of the locker room with guns blazing and hit everything that moved for as long as they could.

To an extent, it worked. They recorded 197 hits in the five-game series.

“It was physical,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “They don't pass up any opportunities to finish checks. They really tried to establish that from the first game.”

It turned out to be their downfall, too.

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For the series:
Sergei Bobrovsky SV% = .882
Marc Andre Fleury SV% = .933

Posted by Cubanpuckstoppr on 04/21/17 at 10:05 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Bobrovsky in Clb and Andersen in Cal were the difference-makers on their teams, for all the wrong reasons

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/21/17 at 11:30 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Bobrovsky was the reason I picked CBJ for the upset in this series.  But he, and apparently all the would be veteran leader forwards, didn’t show up.  They got schooled by a much more poised playoff team.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/21/17 at 11:41 AM ET


Andersen in Cal

Do you mean Elliott?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/21/17 at 12:51 PM ET


Frankly I’m amazed at what Pittsburgh has done the past two seasons with that patchwork defense they’ve put together. Granted they had Letang for last year’s run but Daley, Cole, Hainsey and Brian F’ing Dumoulin. Remember when Justin Schultz spurned the Wings a few years back and fans were like, “meh, he sucks anyway. He’s a spoiled prick!”. Yep well he’s got a Cup now, too.

That said, Bobrovsky was bad in this series and even when CBus would gain some momentum it never felt to me like they ever had much of a chance from game 1 on.

Posted by godblender on 04/21/17 at 01:11 PM ET

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