At long last, the Columbus Blue Jackets have won a game in the NHL Playoffs.
After overcoming their own 3-1 deficit, the Blue Jackets took just 1:10 into the second overtime period to cap off the comeback thanks to a goal by Max Calvert to give Columbus the 4-3 victory in game two of their best-of-seven series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Calvert also scored Columbus’ second goal of the game in the second period.
The Penguins opened the scoring 3:30 into the first period when rookie Brian Gibbons would tip a shot by Matt Niskanen past Sergei Bobrovsky for the first playoff goal of his career.
It wouldn’t take long for goal number two to come as Gibbons’ wrist shot while the Penguins were a man down gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead just 54 seconds later. Gibbons would leave the game shortly after his second goal with an undisclosed injury.
The Blue Jackets finally got on the board 43 seconds later with a Ryan Johansen power-play goal. Pittsburgh would make it 3-1 with just over two minutes remaining in the first on a goal by Niskanen.
After the aforementioned Calvert drew an interference penalty on Kris Letang, defenseman Jack Johnson buried a pass from Johansen into to back of the net to tie the game at three with just over six minutes remaining in regulation. Only two — the first and last — of the game’s seven goals were scored at five-on-five.
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves on 42 shots. Bobrovsky stopped 42 of 45, including every shot faced after period one.
The series now makes its way back to Columbus tied at one for games three and four starting Monday with momentum on the side of the Blue Jackets after throwing the monkey off their collective backs.
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