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Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Entertainment | By Johnnie Parsons

Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets with 5-2 win in Game 5

Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets with 5-2 win in Game 5

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Thursday night, winning their first round series 4-1! Now he's the most important reason the defending Stanley Cup champions are heading to round two after taking care of Columbus in five games.

Logan Couture scored his first two goals of the postseason Tuesday, his second chasing Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot from the game at 12:52 in the second period.

"We have nothing to lose", the 27-year-old Atkinson told the Columbus Dispatch on the heels of Tuesday's 5-4 victory at Nationwide Arena that closed the Blue Jackets' deficit to 3-1 in the series.

It's a refrain Sullivan has preached repeatedly over the last couple weeks and once again, the Penguins didn't listen. You don't want to make it close.

What a good time for the Montreal Canadiens to head back to Madison Square Garden after a 3-2 overtime win by the New York Rangers on Thursday night in Montreal handed the N.Y. a 3-2 advantage in the series.

Mika Zibanejad was in the right place at the right time.

The Penguins built a 3-0 lead through the early part of the second period in Game 5 on a goal by Phil Kessel and two from Bryan Rust. Alexander Radulov eluded the check of Brady Skjei near the Rangers' bench and passed the puck to Mitchell, who started a 2-on-1 break with Shea Weber and Mitchell scored into an open net with 1:23 remaining.

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ST. LOUIS - Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in the first period and Martin Hanzal added a goal in the second as Minnesota avoided a playoff sweep. Calvert sat in the press box Sunday night, serving a one-game penalty for breaking a stick over the back of Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl and then decking him after the game was out of reach Friday night.

After San Jose broke through for seven goals in Game 4, the questions are now about what's wrong with Edmonton's offense. Werenski led rookie defensemen with 47 points on 11 goals and 36 assists. Boone Jenner would score the eventual game-winner five minutes into the third.

James now has 5,669 points, 29 ahead of Bryant.

First-round exits are not unprecedented for anyone in the National Hockey League, especially within a seeding format that is built to serve up rivalries more than preserve top-ranked contenders.

Things only got worse for the Pacers.

With just over a minute-and-a-half remaining and the Pens holding a 5-2 lead (which would stand as the final score), the crowd began organically chanting the name of their fan-favorite, franchise netminder so loudly it felt like the roof was going to explode. James answered with a layup out of a timeout and the Cavs never trailed again.

The one-game-at-a-time theme might be a bit trite, but it's something the Blue Jackets have embraced repeatedly. IN has never endured a four-game sweep since joining the National Basketball Association. They put up plenty of shots, 51 shots in Game 5, but the big story from the series was the fantastic play of Marc-Andre Fleury. While the Penguins have won a pair of Cups during the two-time MVPs tenure, they are just 15-13 in games in which they can eliminate the opponent.

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