Penguins still in control of series with Blue Jackets
No word on whether the Bee Gees were blaring in the Blue Jackets' locker room following their 5-4 win over the Penguins in Tuesday's do-or-die Game 4, but it would have been appropriate.
Jack Johnson, Josh Anderson, Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal for the Blue Jackets.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned back 27 shots in helping Columbus force a Game 5 in Pittsburgh.
The Blue Jackets have played well in the first period in every game of the series, but this time they were able to answer the Penguins' surges. Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary, who have been all over the scoresheet, were held to one point and a combined minus-7 rating. Hainsey, a stay-at-home defenceman with just 49 goals in his entire career, scored his first playoff goal from below the hash marks, on a pass from Phil Kessel.
Nash gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead early in the second and NY controlled the play for most of the period as the Canadiens had only one shot on goal in the first 11 minutes.
"I just wanted them to see what it was like to win a playoff game with this team together", Tortorella said. "They not only checked well, but were fortunate enough to bang a couple in".
"Get that thing off of me", he said, but with way more mirth than annoyance. Hard-hitting winger Zack Kassian has turned into a clutch goal-scorer in the playoffs with the game-winners in back-to-back contests to give Edmonton the lead in the series after dropping the opener in overtime.
But Bobrovsky, who finished with 27 saves, and the Blue Jackets never lost the lead.
"He started off the series really strong with his physical play", Tortorella said. Pittsburgh got the late goal but ran out of time. "They earned the win, and we didn't have the desperation that we needed to win the game".
"I think the compete level wasn't there", Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta said.
Here's a look at the rest of Tuesday's playoff action.
The defensemen replaced rookie Scott Harrington and the injured Zach Werenski, and both played some of the best hockey of the season.
The Blue Jackets scored the first goal for the second straight game.
"We were in the game all night long", he added. For [the third line and defensemen] to chip in, that was huge for us.
"Ugly" is a pretty good word to describe the Oilers' overall effort after grinding out two tough wins.
"We'd like to get a better start", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "The players have put in a lot of time".
No matter who's in goal, though, there isn't a single team that has watched the Penguins play this post-season that will be excited at the prospect of squaring off against the defending champions. "Everybody contributed. I'm just happy they found a way to win a game".
Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, left, of Russian Federation, and David Savard celebrate the team's 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.