COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After an injury-filled regular season, about the last thing the Pittsburgh Penguins needed or expected was a major struggle early in the playoffs.
Yet that is exactly what they’re getting from the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets, a cellar-dweller for many of their first 12 seasons, shocked the mighty Penguins 4-3 in two overtimes on Saturday night to tie their first-round Stanley Cup series at a game apiece. Now the Penguins, under fire from media and fans in their hometown due to their own recent failures in the postseason, must find a way to turn things around on Monday night in Game 3.
A rollicking capacity crowd will be lying in wait in Columbus for only the third home playoff game in Blue Jackets history.