|Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 5 - Series tied at 2-2|
|53||COLUMBUS||+170||Ov 5.5,+100||+150||Ov 5.5,+100|
|54||PITTSBURGH||-195||Un 5.5,-120||-170||Un 5.5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22-21-0||+4.9||22-21||+4.9||19-21||2.6||29.7||2.7||31.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.8||3-2||+1.8||4-1||3.4||36.6||3.2||35.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||86||245||80||72||83||10||14||2576||9.5%||300||59||19.7%||406|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||43||110||35||36||31||8||6||1276||8.6%||148||25||16.9%||177|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||7||4||4||2||0||183||9.3%||25||7||28.0%||31|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||4||14||6||3||3||2||0||145||9.7%||20||5||25.0%||25|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||34||101||30||28||37||6||6||1060||9.5%||119||20||16.8%||164|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||230||60||74||89||7||10||2664||8.6%||301||54||17.9%||395|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||118||33||37||45||3||2||1365||8.6%||148||32||21.6%||206|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||8||4||4||0||0||175||9.1%||25||4||16.0%||30|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||14||7||3||4||0||0||140||10.0%||21||4||19.0%||28|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||91||21||31||38||1||4||1081||8.4%||132||24||18.2%||164|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||62||62||1839||1694||92.1%||3||35-27||+7.2||35-27-0||+5||32-27|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||31||31||957||882||92.2%||1||16-15||+3.8||16-15-0||+2||13-16|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (vs. Division)||23||23||726||671||92.4%||3||12-11||+0.7||12-11-0||-1||13-9|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||140||126||90.0%||0||2-2||+0.8||2-2-0||+1||4-0|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Playoff Games)||4||4||140||126||90.0%||0||2-2||+0.8||2-2-0||+1||4-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||28||21||703||639||90.9%||1||9-12||-2.1||9-12-0||-3||8-12|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||14||11||355||318||89.6%||0||5-6||+0.1||5-6-0||-1||5-5|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (vs. Division)||12||10||300||272||90.7%||0||5-5||+0.6||5-5-0||0||5-4|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)||4||3||103||95||92.2%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||0-2|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||2||1||51||47||92.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (vs. Division)||2||1||51||47||92.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||29-14-0||+4.3||29-14||+4.3||23-17||3.3||32.0||2.4||29.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2.8||2-3||-2.8||4-1||3.2||33.6||3.4||35.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||86||263||75||89||88||11||15||2594||10.1%||299||69||23.1%||450|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||43||142||44||50||43||5||7||1376||10.3%||147||35||23.8%||253|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||8||4||4||0||0||168||9.5%||25||5||20.0%||32|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||4||14||7||3||4||0||0||140||10.0%||21||4||19.0%||28|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||34||104||32||33||36||3||4||1038||10.0%||117||24||20.5%||188|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||221||64||72||76||9||6||2504||8.8%||273||42||15.4%||371|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||103||28||40||30||5||3||1273||8.1%||121||20||16.5%||171|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||7||4||3||3||1||178||9.6%||25||7||28.0%||29|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||14||6||3||3||2||0||145||9.7%||20||5||25.0%||25|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||86||29||28||25||4||2||1038||8.3%||108||19||17.6%||145|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||68||68||1919||1755||91.5%||6||42-26||+3.8||42-26-0||+7||30-32|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)||36||36||1032||953||92.3%||3||25-11||+5.1||25-11-0||+5||18-16|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)||28||28||843||776||92.1%||3||17-11||-0.5||17-11-0||+2||14-12|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||145||131||90.3%||0||2-2||-1.3||2-2-0||-1||4-0|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Playoff Games)||4||4||145||131||90.3%||0||2-2||-1.3||2-2-0||-1||4-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (All Games)||20||18||582||531||91.2%||1||11-7||+0.7||11-7-0||0||11-5|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Home Games)||9||7||241||220||91.3%||0||4-3||-0.8||4-3-0||0||5-1|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (vs. Division)||7||6||194||177||91.2%||0||5-1||+2.8||5-1-0||+3||4-2|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||97||89.0%||1||1-3||-2.8||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.11, PITTSBURGH 3.13|
|4/1/2014||COLORADO||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2014||at PHILADELPHIA||2-0||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/4/2014||CHICAGO||3-4||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/6/2014||NY ISLANDERS||4-0||W||0, -250||W||5.5 ev||U|
|4/8/2014||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||O|
|4/9/2014||at DALLAS||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5.5 ev||U|
|4/11/2014||at TAMPA BAY||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/12/2014||at FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/16/2014||at PITTSBURGH||3-4||L||0, +170||L||5 ov||O|
|4/19/2014||at PITTSBURGH||4-3||W||0, +165||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/21/2014||PITTSBURGH||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/23/2014||PITTSBURGH||4-3||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/26/2014||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|3/30/2014||CHICAGO||4-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/1/2014||CAROLINA||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2014||at WINNIPEG||4-2||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2014||at MINNESOTA||0-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2014||at COLORADO||3-2||W||0, +145||W||5 ov||P|
|4/9/2014||DETROIT||4-3||W||0, -180||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/12/2014||PHILADELPHIA||3-4||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/13/2014||OTTAWA||2-3||L||0, -150||L||5.5 ov||U|
|4/16/2014||COLUMBUS||4-3||W||0, -200||W||5 ov||O|
|4/19/2014||COLUMBUS||3-4||L||0, -190||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/21/2014||at COLUMBUS||4-3||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/23/2014||at COLUMBUS||3-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/28/2014||at COLUMBUS|| |
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top three topics on sports talk shows in this city are usually Ohio State football, Ohio State football recruiting and Ohio State football's spring practices.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't upset that pecking order, although they are elbowing their way into the conversation.
Dead last in the league early in the NHL's shortened last season, the Blue Jackets suddenly found the winning touch. They went 19-5-5 down the stretch, energizing their fan base and shocking a lot of opponents used to walking over the 12-year-old franchise.
With the addition of free agent Nathan Horton to go with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a solid if largely unknown roster of proven pros, the Blue Jackets are expecting big things as they prep for a season of promise.
|PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't panic when the bitter disappointment of last spring's sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins wore off.
If anything, the Penguins went the other way. While other NHL powers underwent substantial roster overhauls, Pittsburgh did what it could to keep the core of one of the league's most consistent winners in tack.
The Penguins awarded coach Dan Bylsma with a contract extension shortly after getting swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals. Pittsburgh also reached agreements with former league MVP Evgeni Malkin and Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby says the Penguins don't need to change their approach to be a threat to win their second Stanley Cup in five years.
Pittsburgh opens the season Oct. 3 against New Jersey.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jackets-Penguins Preview* ===============================
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
Columbus At Pittsburgh, Game Five, 7:00 p.m. EDT
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury woke up on Friday morning and went to work with a smile on his face.
Sure, the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie would like to have the final five minutes of Wednesday night's Game 4 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets back. He also knows, however, that he isn't going to get them.
So he did what he does after a loss. He looked at the tape, went over it with his coach, and then moved on. Dwelling on it at this point wouldn't do any good.
Besides, the series is even heading into Saturday night's Game 5.
"It's 2-2," Fleury said. "We're not down. We're in good shape. It's square, yeah."
Even if it doesn't exactly feel that way. The Penguins were seconds away from taking a 3-1 lead when Fleury misplayed a puck behind the Pittsburgh net, freeing up Brandon Dubinsky to tie the game in the final moments of regulation. Then, Nick Foligno's innocent looking wrist shot from the blue line slipped under Fleury's glove 2:49 into overtime to win it for Columbus.
Fleury understands he perhaps should have played things differently. Oh well.
"You get up the next morning, have a smile on my face, come to the room," Fleury said.
Fleury wasn't the only one smiling. Columbus began the series still searching for its first playoff win. Now the Blue Jackets have two in a week against a team considered a Stanley Cup contender. And they've done it in a most peculiar way, coming from two goals down in Games 2 and 4 to get Pittsburgh's full attention.
It's not exactly the plotline most expected. Then again, little seems to be going according to plan in a series that has Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin still searching for their first goals of the postseason, and youngsters like 20-year-old Ryan Johansen growing up on the job.
"There's been surprises," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "The way the series has gone, each team has had leads and found ways to lose a game, or the other team has found a way to win."
For Richards, a "textbook" win for the Blue Jackets would be of the 2-1, 3-2 variety. Instead both sides have endured wild momentum swings. Twice the Penguins have had a chance to take a two-game lead in the series. Both times they have faltered. Twice the Blue Jackets have put Pittsburgh in an early hole only to come up short.
The one thing the Blue Jackets haven't done, however, is fold. The belief that had existed only in pockets of the Columbus locker room has started to grow.
It's a process Richards believes began when the team acquired defenseman Jack Johnson from Los Angeles in 2012. During a team meeting after the season, Richards asked each player what they wanted from the following year.
When Johnson stood up, he didn't talk about simply making the Blue Jackets respectable.
"His response was `I want to win the Stanley Cup. That's my goal," Richards said. "It was him that said `I want to win the Stanley Cup.' Not make the playoffs or come in second. That was one real positive thing as far as the attitude and the expectation."
One that has rubbed off on his teammates. While the Blue Jackets still have plenty of work to do just to get out of the opening round, they understand they are already in uncharted territory. The longer they stick around, the higher the pressure mounts on the Penguins.
"We're an in your face type team," Foligno said. "We're a team that is not going to quit. We've played that role all year long, the underdogs."
The Penguins have played the role of the favorites. They cruised to the Metropolitan Division title despite losing stars like Malkin, Kris Letang and Paul Martin for chunks of the season due to injury.
Only Crosby has remained healthy all year. Yet the magic he provided while leading the NHL with 104 points on 36 goals and 68 assists hasn't appeared yet in the postseason. He has four assists but hasn't scored in his last nine playoff games. The Penguins are just 3-6 in those contests.
Crosby isn't quite ready to panic, but he knows he needs to be more of a difference maker.
"I think to a certain point you want to create more," he said. "I wouldn't say more frustrating. We'll find a way to be better and score."
Time is running out.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 11:55:46 PM EST|