By Sarah Kwak
No two-goal lead is safe in these playoffs, people, particularly in the first-round series between the Penguins and the Blue Jackets. For the third straight game, the team that built an early two-goal advantage saw their lead slip away late. On Monday night in Game 3, it was Columbus, which hoped to follow up its first postseason win with its first playoff win at home.
Two goals in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game were a promising start. But in final two seconds of the second period, Pittsburgh broke through when backliner Brooks Orpik scored. A Jackets tally by Cam Atkinson iless than two minutes into the third period kept hope alive for the home crowd, but a wacky stretch midway through the period made sure the jinx of the two-goal lead lived on. On three consecutive shots in two minutes and 13 seconds the Penguins rattled Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, scoring three unanswered goals to come back and win 4-3.
Some more thoughts and observations from Monday night’s game: