Monday, April 21, 2014
Game Three: Pens Push Back
Take aways from this game are that the Penguins played Blue Jackets hockey from midway through the second period through the end, and baited the Blue Jackets into attempting Penguins hockey in response. The result of course, is predictable. Poor team discipline lead to Pittsburgh taking over the offensive zone, and dominating the last half of the game, much like the CBJ did in the last game in Pittsburgh. I thought it was an unusually poorly officiated game for a playoff game, however the refs had nothing to do with Pittsburgh putting 41 shots on the net. That was more related to the fact that they won the face offs and puck races and puck battles for the majority of the third period.
These Blue Jackets now know what Nationwide Arena can really be. Great crowd tonight, great atmosphere. These teams will be looking fairly evenly matched if the CBJ can respond on Wednesday with a win. The Penguins were sure to respond after Saturday's loss. We need to respond after tonight's loss.
This is fun. This is awesome. My day long meeting should be interesting with this voice tomorrow. But strap it on, and bring it again Wednesday. We get a day to heal. I gotta run, I am on the road all day tomorrow. Our boys played well enough to win, but fell down in the team discipline department. That can be fixed.
Lather, rinse, repeat!