Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 3, SO
The big pads circled the puck and
Pittsburgh scored twice in the final 3 minutes of regulation to tie it and
“It was kind of a fluky. The puck kept going,” Crosby said. “I don’t know if he lost it or he didn’t know where it was or whatever. I just tried a quick shot. I thought he had the save there. It just trickled in.”
Mason couldn’t believe the puck eluded him.
“It hit my stick and I didn’t get it settled until it was over the line,” he said. “It just trickled over and I was too late on it.”
Kunitz said that even when it was 3-1 and time was running out that Crosby remained a positive influence.
“It shows a lot of character from our captain. He goes out and he’s never quitting on anything,” Kunitz said. “Sometimes a team goes packing, down by two with 3 minutes left. But he goes out, he’s on the bench, he’s saying, ‘Let’s get the next one.’ So we go out there and he finds himself the puck and he gets it to (Goligoski), he gets a great shot and puts it in the net to get us to overtime.”
Nash had two goals – one while on his knees – and
“We’re not closing games,” Nash said. “We got the lead in a lot of the games already and just can’t seem to close it out. They are the defending Stanley Cup champions. You can tell why they’re such a good team. We are a team that needs to learn how to play with the lead.”
Columbus led 3-1 before Fedotenko netted a rebound at the left circle off a wide shot from the right point by
“It should have never got to the shootout,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We did everything well but get the game shut down.”
With a large portion of the capacity crowd of 19,136 cheering for the
Nash broke through late in the first on the power play. He collected the puck behind the cage and tried a wraparound, the puck sliding to the right wing where
After Nash made it 2-0, Kunitz was knocked down on a breakaway but there was no call. Seconds later, he ended up with the puck at the left doorstep and lifted it high over Mason’s glove. Dorsett then returned the two-goal lead.
“It felt like in the third we just kept generating chances,” Crosby said. “We all felt confident we could get ourselves back in it with the way we were playing, the momentum we had.”