Jackets Stun Pittsburgh in Overtime to Even Series

Added April 19, 2014 by Levi Watkins

Heading in to the best of 7 opening round Stanley Cup series between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins it was evident which team had the most talent. Pittsburgh not only has a loaded roster from top to bottom but a legacy of postseason success. Columbus wasn’t given much of a chance by the mainstream media and casual fans but NHL experts knew that the Blue Jackets are a gritty, hard working team that has a way of beating more talented opponents. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night as the Blue Jackets fought back from a two goal lead to steal Game 2 from the Penguins in two overtimes.

Columbus trailed 3-1 after the first period but got back in to the game on Matt Calvert’s short handed goal in the second. They would tie the contest on Jack Johnson’s power play score midway through the third and after a scoreless first overtime it was Calvert that was again the hero early in the second OT as he beat Marc-Andre Fleury with the game winner just 1:10 into the extra session.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby stopped short of saying his team was ‘outworked’ but that was strongly implied in his postgame statements:

“We have to be better. That’s really, I think, the bottom line. Right on through, whether it’s special teams or 5-on-5 we have to be better.”

The series will resume Monday night in Columbus.

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