The Pittsburgh Penguins were banged up in mid-March and needed a spark. They just have absolutely nothing to show for it, and now they need to win four games in a row. And the defending Stanley Cup champions are only too happy to ride the wave.
Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who were able to outlast the Penguins when they pushed back hard in the second and third periods and then got a short-handed goal from Jake Guenztel with 27 seconds left in the game.
Calvert will miss Game 3 Sunday.
"We've played good hockey, and it's unfortunate we've put ourselves in this situation", Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said Monday. "They're pretty fast and they have a lot of skill. We just got to keep doing it". "It's another day and we're going to get focused for Game 3". The Penguins blocked 23 shots before they even got to their goaltender.
The Columbus Blue Jackets just could not shut the door on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blue Jackets were lucky to get out of the last few minutes of the period without another score from the swarming Penguins. Murray is out indefinitely, returning Fleury to the spot he held for a decade while becoming the winningest goaltender in franchise history.
Johnson scored first for the Blue Jackets at 11:46 of the opening period when he launched a wrister from the right point into traffic that bounced off Sidney Crosby's skate and into the net.
The awakening came earlier than in the series opener.
With the win, the Penguins hold a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with a chance to close out the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena Tuesday night. Guentzel played the ricochet off the back boards to the left of the net and beat Bobrovsky from a severe angle.
The momentum lasted all of 51 seconds, or as along as it took for Crosby and Guentzel to break in 2-on-1.
The Penguins made it a one-goal game when right winger Bryan Rust tipped in a rebound just over five minutes into the second period.
Columbus, one of the more physical teams in the league, briefly lost its cool late. D Scott Harrington was a scratch.
The Blues' goalie was outstanding for the third consecutive game, making 40 saves and Jaden Schwartz had the go-ahead goal in the second period to give the Blues a 3-1 win over the Wild on Sunday for a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
"I don't have one (complaint) about the team", Tortorella said.