Watch the Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins game four tonight at 7 P.M. Eastern Time. If you find yourself somewhere that the game isn’t covered, you can watch it online live by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
Come from behind wins have been the order of the day so far in the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets opening series of the 2014 NHL Playoffs. Every game, a team has surged to a 3-1 lead. And every game, the team that was down two goals celebrated at center ice while the other team headed to the locker rooms when the final buzzer sounded.
The Blue Jackets are hoping that trend extends to the series score. As it stands, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a 2-1 lead going into game four in Columbus. The Blue Jackets would like to catch up and bypass their Eastern Conference rivals.
The Penguins are up a game despite having lackluster performances from some of their big name stars. Sidney Crosby – the presumptive league MVP – has yet to score a goal in the 2014 NHL playoffs. Evgeni Malkin doesn’t have one yet, either. Most of the Penguins scoring through the first three games has come from their typically-secondary scorers. An AP report quotes right winger Lee Stepniak on the issue:
“Obviously, Sid and Gino (Malkin) and Kuni and James Neal are going to get a lot of the attention, a lot of the tougher matchups. It sort of comes down to the secondary scoring and the other players who can make a difference in the series.”
Stepniak – a 12 goal scorer during the regular season – enjoyed a brief moment as the Penguins’ hero when he scored a game tying goal in the third period of game three.
In addition to being a game up on the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Penguins have the edge with experience. This series is only the second playoff series in Blue Jackets franchise history – and the first in which they’ve actually won a game. Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said this about his teams state of mind during game three in Columbus:
“The emotion at times kind of derailed us. What I mean by that is just our thinking out on the ice. We got caught up in the moment at times, myself included, and it sidetracks your game.”
Tonight’s game four of the Penguins vs Blue Jackets series is sure to deliver more of the same hard-fought, gritty hockey we’ve seen so far. Don’t miss any of the action when the puck drops in the Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins game four tonight – watch it online live here.