Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Blue Jackets press pause on swan song to force Game 5

After clinching a berth in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, the Penguins will be afforded a few days of rest before starting their next series. Special treatment for a special performance.

LET TORTS BE TORTSColumbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has words for an official during the third period in Game 5 of the team's NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

That will be a lot easier, the Penguins figure, if they have a better first period than they have had in each of the first four games. Talking about the thunderous ovations he got. Now, we're going so low as to disguise as rival fans to get our shots in?

Nashville isnt overconfident, knowing that the core of this Blackhawks team has won three Stanley Cups in the past seven seasons and wont go out easily. "We have a great team". A win was great and much deserved for the organization and its fans. It's a fun place to play. Try to enjoy every moment you have here.

Pittsburgh has a lot more leeway, needing only to win one of potentially three more games to clinch the series and face the victor of the Washington-Toronto series.

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. Columbus scored the first 3 goals of that game and carried that momentum to a 5-4 victory. When you get a lead like that, you want to try to put them away, but they hung around. Morgan Rielly said the Maple Leafs have earned the right to feel confident, and players don't believe they're all even in this series because of luck. Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist were each good once again, as they both faced 36 shots, but Lundqvist was able to make one more save that proved to be the difference.

Captain Joe Pavelski set a franchise record for the fastest goal at the outset of a playoff game - just 15 seconds in - in addition to scoring later on the power play and contributing an assist.

"That was a team effort", Tortorella said. San Jose is just 1 for 14 on the power play this series and has scored on just three of 83 shots. He's going to win the Vezina again, but against the Penguins he allowed 3.88 goals a game and recorded a putrid.882 save percentage. Though his stats have held up better, Fleury's play has been noticeably shaky in goal ever since his Game 1 start.

In the last two games especially, the Canadiens have done a good job of preventing the Rangers from using the up-tempo style they're best at, clamping down defensively and forcing NY to dump and chase. "I'm proud of them".

"You've got to make sure that you learn quick and you forget quick and you move on".

"It's a tough feeling, but we have a really good group of guys here". We see that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks, and Tortorella should win the Jack Adams because of it. Murray has yet to practice and might not be physically ready.

Pittsburgh closed the series in five games, with the Blue Jackets' only win coming in Game 4.

"He's a world-class goalie".