Blue Jackets coach Tortorella faces the music before Game 4
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 13:07
Radulov, who got the overtime victor in Game 2 on Friday night after Tomas Plekanec tied it with 18 seconds left in regulation, has two goals and three assists in the past two games.
The Penguins allowed a goal in the first 11 seconds and three goals in seven minutes at a hostile Nationwide Arena in Game 3 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday. He also couldn't corral Malkin's sharp-angle shot in the same game that produced the third goal in a 3-1 loss.
A couple more worked out in the Blue Jackets' favor to open scoring in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Columbus finished with period with a 14-6 edge in shots and 29-15 margin in attempts.
The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night. Fleury gave up a big rebound to his left, and Brandon Dubinsky pounced on it and unleashed 20-footer on goal. Brady Skjei had the lone tally for the Rangers, but it was too little too late as the game was well in hand by the time he scored with three minutes left and the Rangers' net empty. The Blue Jackets were never able to answer.
The Penguins cut it to 3-2 on goals from Patric Hornqvist and Hainsey.
Dubinsky put the initial shot on net, and when the puck caromed away from Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, right winger Cam Atkinson jammed home the rebound for the quickest playoff goal in the 17-year history of the Blue Jackets.
He wants to listen to some music that he hates. But in Game 3, Bob was shaky at best. "The game isn't that complicated".
"We knew they were going to come out hard and forecheck hard and create plays", Brian Dumoulin said. And I just told (the players). "We have to be aware when they're forechecking, but it's been a really fair series". He was the backbone all season for a Columbus team that relied on him to steal them games, and more often than not, that's what he did. Then we'll worry about what the odds are after that.
"I wanted them - some guys with limited playoff experience, some of them with none - just to try to enjoy a win", Tortorella said. Then we'll talk about what we have to do.
How will you be watching the game? I thought we deserved a better fate.
If the Penguins could wrap things up in Columbus and get a full week of rest while the Capitals and Leafs skate each other into the ground during an extended series, well that would just be the bee's knees. Morris, in his first taste of the postseason after 448 regular-season games, caught fire early in the second half to push Washington ahead, and the Wizards held on to take the series lead. F Sonny Milano was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League to replace Matt Calvert, who was suspended a game for breaking his stick on Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl on Friday night.
Minnesota's scoring troubles, meanwhile, are still very much alive, with only six players hitting the scoresheet in the first three games, and Zach Parise and Ryan Suter the only ones who have more than a single point.
Hartnell, a former Flyers forward, has been a long-time Penguins antagonist.