And, to be frank, the defending champs' quality of play in a 5-4 loss to the Blue Jackets in their still-alive first-round Stanley Cup playoff series belied much of what was said earlier in the day.
Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said that the third line lit a fire and set the tone for the game, shifting the momentum in the team's favor. A first-round draft pick (No. 8 overall) by Columbus in 2015, Werenski was hurt when a shot from Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel deflected off his own stick and caught him under the right eye in the second period. At the beginning of this season, I picked the team to finish dead last in the Metropolitan Division.
"We weren't committed like our team usually is", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
Markus Nutivaara scored for Columbus in his National Hockey League playoff debut, helping the Blue Jackets stave off elimination. "I want them to be able to put that on and just jam with it, so they can feel good about themselves", he said. The veteran netminder made 23 saves in a 2-1 Game 4 win, including several in a Canadiens flurry in the final minute, brining his playoff save percentage to.944.
"I think the compete level wasn't there", Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta said.
In the video above, you can see a person who is obviously a Philadelphia fan sucker punching an unsuspecting Columbus Blue Jackets fan in the mouth, and then walking away from the fight.
Columbus held off elimination with its 5-4 win at Nationwide Arena, but it remains in an unenviable spot.More news: Nintendo reportedly working on SNES Classic Edition console
Pittsburgh leads the series 3-1, and will host Columbus Thursday.
"They play this crap for music when you come in after the game".
The Penguins responded to pull within one again at 2:10 of the third on Kuhnhackl's goal. "We got to worry about one game and try to win one game". Jenner gave the Blue Jackets some breathing room again with a tip-in on a shot from Saad that made it 5-3. "We just got to keep doing it". "Everybody contributed. I'm just happy they found a way to win a game". Anderson had the Blue Jackets' second goal and was a physical presence alongside Calvert, who returned after serving a one game suspension for cross-checking Tom Khunhackl in Game 2. Starting Thursday, the Penguins are anxious to turn that knowledge back into results.
The Blue Jackets had seized a 3-0 lead before Hornqvist's power-play goal at 6:43 of the second.
Rangers 2, Canadiens 1: Rick Nash and Jesper Fast scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves as NY evened its first-round playoff series with Montreal at two games apiece.
On the positive side, Berardi notes that the Jackets have beat the Pens three times already this season and that Pittsburgh has a few key defensive players missing from the lineup due to injury.
Game 5 is Thursday night in Montreal before the series returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. "We'll enjoy tonight and move on".