After a dramatic overtime win Wednesday night for the young Columbus Blue Jackets over the Pittsburgh Penguins, they look to steal game 5 tonight in Pittsburgh to take a lead in the series, but unfortunately it wasnt meant to be. Jussi Jokinen of the Penguins scored the winning goal in the third period and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury redeemed himself with a solid game as the Penguins win 3-1 over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night in Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
Jokinen knocked home a rebound past goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky with 13:44 remaining to break a 1-1 tie and give the Penguins a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Penguins will try to put the Blue Jackets away on Monday night at Columbus.
Brandon Sutter took a shot from the right circle and an otherwise brilliant Bobrovsky fumbled the puck with his glove. Jokinen was alone in front of the crease to put the puck in the net for his third goal of the series.
Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang had the Penguins’ other goals. Letang’s goal was an empty-netter with 1:01 to go that gave the Penguins a two-goal lead.
The Blue Jackets’ goal was scored by rookie Boone Jenner, power play goal in the 1st period to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead after the first intermission.
Fleury made 23 saves three nights after being unable to hold a 3-0 lead at Columbus in Game 4. The Blue Jackets scored the tying goal in the final second of regulation and won in overtime.
Flashing his Vezina Trophy-winning form of last season, when he was named the NHL’s best goalie, Bobrovsky stopped 48 shots Saturday. However, it wasn’t enough to keep the Blue Jackets from the brink of elimination.
The Penguins converted on the power play to pull into a 1-1 tie on Kunitz’s second in the second period. Kunitz fought off two Blue Jackets in front of the net to knock in a rebound of a shot by Sidney Crosby.
Game 6 is Monday night, back in Columbus, and I expect “The Fifth Line” to be rocking and rolling, as they will try to get their Jackets to riled up to send the series back to Pittsburgh, hopefully for a decisive game 7 on Wednesday.