3 Takeaways from Blue Jackets’ 4-3 double OT win at Pittsburgh
Apr 19, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Tanner Glass (15) as center Mark Letestu (55) defends during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center.
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One: Newton’s Third Law states: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Game 1 saw Columbus start strong and fade a bit. Tonight, the Blue Jackets started slow and got stronger as the game wore on. Action (Game 1 loss), equal and opposite reaction (Game 2 win). Really, it does make sense.
Two: The Penguins played the more physical game in the first 30 minutes. The roles reversed after that and continued in Columbus’ favor through OT. Yes, the Penguins turned it up a notch tonight. But the Blue Jackets responded and proved to be the better team. There is no quit in this group.
Three: Coming back to Columbus with the series tied at 1-1, makes this a whole new game. One way to look at it? It’s now a best-of-five series in which Columbus has home ice. "I looked over at my roommate last night in the hotel," said Ryan Johansen after the victory. "I can’t imagine hearing the building (Nationwide Arena) in Columbus if we find a way to win this game. It would be unbelievable to take back a 1-1 series with our first win. They’ve been waiting a long time for that."