COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following the Columbus Blue Jackets beefed up their roster at the NHL trade deadline for a Metropolitan Division playoff operate, the injuries-plagued Pittsburgh Penguins arrived to city searching extra susceptible than regular.
Lacking some top rated defensemen, the Penguins jumped out to a three-purpose guide in any case and then held off the new-seem Blue Jackets, cruising to a 5-2 win Tuesday evening in a activity marked by monster hits and scuffles.
Jared McCann scored two times and Matt Murray manufactured 21 will save as Pittsburgh — which started the working day tied for the second wild card in the Eastern Meeting — snapped a two-activity skid.
The Penguins ended up devoid of blue-liners Kris Letang (upper system) and Brian Dumoulin (concussion), who ended up damage in the outside activity Saturday at Philadelphia. Pittsburgh defenseman Ollie Maata was now on hurt reserve with a separated shoulder.
But the Penguins held Columbus in check out, even following a further defenseman, Chad Ruhwedel, went out following a major strike from Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno. Ruhwedel and wing Bryan Rust, hurt in a violent collision with Columbus newcomer Adam McQuaid, will be evaluated Wednesday, coach Mike Sullivan reported.
Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby also scored for Pittsburgh.
“We’ve bought absolutely nothing but character in listed here, for confident,” Murray reported. “It’s tough observing teammates go down, they ended up important guys for us, so we had a career to do and tonight most people stepped up, so it was great to see.”
Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 22 photographs for the Blue Jackets, who dropped following posting again-to-again shutouts very last 7 days and building a flurry of moves right before Monday’s trade deadline. Columbus started off the working day in 3rd spot in the division.
Columbus additional center Matt Duchene, wing Ryan Dzingel, defenseman McQuaid and goalie Keith Kinkaid. All but Kinkaid played on Tuesday evening, with Dzingel, a former star at Ohio Point out, buying up an help for his new workforce.
Crosby sent a centering move from the remaining corner to Guentzel in the slot and he went top rated shelf on Bobrovsky with 6:15 remaining in the 1st period of time to open the scoring.
McCann manufactured it 2- late in the period of time when he rifled a single in with the unwitting support of Columbus defender David Savard, who appeared to retain Bobrovsky from observing the puck till it was earlier him. Malkin extended it to 3- early in the second with a extended, soaring shot from the remaining issue.
“They’re an opportunistic workforce,” Foligno reported. “They’re fast-strike, they really don’t require many possibilities to rating goals. Disappointing that we did not clearly show up in the 1st (period of time). We simply cannot get in a gap like that.”