3 takeaways from Blue Jackets Game 1 loss to Pittsburgh
One: For almost half of the roster not having playoff experience, Columbus gave a good showing. They came out fast playing their game and controlled the pace of the game in the early stages. Their passing was good, going tape-to-tape. Their shots on goal were near, if not on, net and accurate.
Two: They stayed relatively calm as the Penguins came back to tie the score at three, before lapsing into giving Pittsburgh too much time and space through the neutral zone. They played physical, yet not as physical as expected beforehand to set the tone for the series. This might be addressed going into Game 2.
Three: The Penguins transition through the neutral zone was much faster and the passing much more accurate than that of the Blue Jackets in the final 20 minutes. Flipping the puck and the dump-and-chase against this Penguins team will lead to turning over the puck time after time. Controlled entry into the zone with speed is needed to counter the Pens defensive play in transition.