Columbus 6 Pittsburgh 1
The Blue Jackets pound the hapless Penguins (that sounds a bit cruel after watching The March of the Penguins) in Columbus. It was good to see the Jackets put a game away in which they had an early lead instead of letting a team back into a game. Playing strong for three periods is the key.
Sergei Federov continued his offensive tear, scoring a goals and two assists. Jaroslav Balastik added two second period goals to put the nails in the coffin. Rick Nash continued his strong play, netting a goal and an assist. A healthy Nash goes a long way towards moving the team ahead.
Paul Leclaire was striong in goal, turning away all but one of the 29 Pittsburgh shots on goal. Jody Shelley had seven times more penalty minutes as on ice time. The game had fights and misconduct penalties galore. Even feisty Rick Nash got into a scrape.