• NHL releases schedule for Penguins' first-round playoff series against Blue Jackets

    Summary of 49 articles · Updated Apr 20, 2014
    The Penguins have five players with no playoff experience; the Blue Jackets have 12. Why the Penguins won't beat the Blue Jackets in the first round: 1. The Penguins couldn't have asked for a better read: easier first-round opponent than the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets don't feel they're doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Then the Blue Jackets came apart at the seams, unbuttoned by the Penguins’ skill and lost the game in the manner they feared most. Former NHL scoring champ and playoff MVP Evgeni Malkin returned to practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since being felled by a foot injury on March 23 and it appears there's a good chance he will play in Game 1 of the playoffs Wednesday night against Columbus. The Penguins certainly have enough experience with standard postseason mood swings to thrive in the night-to-night, week-to-week mission in front them, but it's their often squishy mentality within any one game that's potentially problematic
    • Even shifting to Nationwide Arena, Penguins fans could still have an impact

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Penguins surrendered home-ice advantage in their first-round playoff series against Columbus when the Blue Jackets beat them Saturday night in Game 2.
    • Sunday's NHL Playoff Capsules

      PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Pittsburgh's...
      Source: NHL.com
    • Penguins work overtime -- for a loss

      It's a mantra the Penguins have repeated many times.
    • Columbus Blue Jackets Win First Ever Playoff Game In Double Overtime

      The Columbus Blue Jackets qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in the 2008-2009 season. They dropped four straight to the Detroit Red Wings, who eventually lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals. Columbus…
      Source: deadspin.com
    • Calvert leads Jackets over Penguins in 2OT

      Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
    • Ron Cook: This one loss about as bad as they come for Penguins

      It's just one game. Keep telling yourself that. It will ease your pain. As former great Penguins coach Badger Bob Johnson said famously years ago as he held up three fingers, "You can lose three games and still win the series."
    • Penguins notebook: Playoff series could trigger rivalry at last

      Game 1 of the Penguins-Columbus playoff series Wednesday wasn't particularly nasty, although it was physical with a combined 75 hits.
    • Third-line dance likely to continue for Penguins

      Penguins coach Dan Bylsma entered Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against Columbus fully expecting to use more than one left winger on his third line.
    • Can the Blue Jackets keep Sidney Crosby off his game?

      A few thoughts after Night 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs… • Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson is a polarizing player. On the one hand, he’s an offensive defenseman who is capable of hitting or approaching 40-point seasons. He led the Blue Jackets wi…
    • Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: OT drama in Tampa; Sutter power Penguins

      No. 1 Star: Dale Weise, Montreal Canadiens The Habs forward was in the right place at the right time – 18:08 of OT – when Daniel Briere hit him with a pass from behind the net. Weise snapped a shot past a frozen Anders Lindback for the 5-4 victory in Ga…
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    • Columbus comes apart late in Game 1 defeat

      For 21 minutes, the Columbus Blue Jackets had Game 1 of the opening-round playoff series against the Penguins exactly where they wanted it. Despite playing in only their second playoff series in franchise history and having 12 players competing in their…
    • Penguins erase 2-goal deficit, top Jackets

      Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Penguins playoffs outlook: Why they will (or won't) beat Columbus

      Why the Penguins will beat the Blue Jackets in the first round:
    • Monstrous edge in experience provides Penguins with no guarantee for success

      The numbers, as they speak to experience, tilt so far in the Penguins' direction that it's a wonder the Columbus Blue Jackets aren't hanging on for dear life before they step onto the ice for Game 1 of the first-round playoff matchup tonight at Consol E…
    • Gene Collier: Time for Penguins to play like ... uh ... Penguins

      From equal parts cynicism and conditioning, a clear majority of the Penguins' fervent audience approaches these Stanley Cup playoffs with its own kind of fatalism, regardless of whether it likes to pretend otherwise.
    • Malkin's return another boost for Penguins as inexperienced Blue Jackets loom

      PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway. Their resumes and the expectations that come with them, howeve...
    • Malkin aims to return for Game 1 of playoffs

      Former NHL scoring champ and playoff MVP Evgeni Malkin returned to practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since being felled by a foot injury on March 23.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Puck Daddy's Tinder NHL playoff preview

      (Ed. Note: With its new playoff format, the NHL is seeking to create passion for fans and teams through forced, bracketed relationships. But hey, at first glance, the matchups are pretty sexy. All of this led to one ideal theme for our 2014 Playoff Prev…
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Under pressure; Penguins putting triumphant regular season in rearview as playoffs begin

      Under pressure; Penguins putting triumphant regular season in rearview as playoffs begin
    • Penguins' playoff games to be on outdoor screen

      The Penguins again will have a large outdoor screen set up for fans to watch playoff games.
  • Johansen helps Columbus wins first playoff game ever

    Midway through the season, Ryan Johansen was sitting in the dressing room after a morning skate when I asked for an interview. I had interviewed Johansen as a prospect and he was always polite, but today he was confident and jovial. He slapped the bench…
  • Umberger back in Jackets' lineup after injury

    R.J. Umberger will be in the Blue Jackets' lineup on Saturday after sitting Game 1 with an injury.
    Source: ESPN.com
    • Hit parade? Umberger's return figures to up physicality between Penguins and Blue Jackets

      Hit parade? Umberger's return figures to up physicality between Penguins and Blue Jackets
  • Nastiness missing from Penguins-Blue Jackets, at least for the moment

    It likely would be different -- a lot different -- if the guy wearing No. 19 was, say, Scott Hartnell instead of Ryan Johansen.
  • Wednesday's NHL Playoff Capsules

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on ...
    Source: NHL.com
  • Penguins notebook: Playoff's arrival suits team just fine

    The Penguins' transition from the regular season to the playoffs brings with it a collective refrain of "finally."
  • Penguins notebook: Injured forwards still in question for Game 1

    Injured forwards Evgeni Makin, Joe Vitale and Chris Conner joined some of their Penguins teammates Sunday for a game-day skate, but none played in the regular-season finale against the Ottawa Senators.

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