Despite Late Push, Blue Jackets Fall Short in Game Six
In a must win game six Monday night, despite an incredible late effort, the Columbus Blue Jackets came up just short, falling 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, eliminating them from the playoffs and bringing the 2013-14 season to a close.
Picking up where they left off in game five, Pittsburgh continued attacking and outshooting the Blue Jackets early on in game six. The Penguins took a 1-0 lead when Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the series halfway through period one. Although, with the team that scored the first goal having lost each of the first five games, the Blue Jackets no doubt understood that there was still plenty of hockey to be played. However, just over four minutes later, Malkin scored again on a power-play goal to make it 2-0 Pittsburgh, where the score remained heading into the first intermission.
Just thirty-four seconds into the second period, the Blue Jackets gave up their third goal of the evening when Brandon Sutter scored on breakaway goal to make it 3-0 in favor of Pittsburgh. Then, later in the second, Malkin earned a hat-trick when he found the back of the net to make it 4-0.
The Blue Jackets finally got on the scoreboard midway through the third period when Fedor Tyutin scored a shorthanded goal, his first score of the playoffs, to make it 4-1. Then, with 6:06 left, Artem Anisimov scored on a power-play for Columbus to make it 4-2, giving some hope to the crowd. It didn’t stop there. Just over a minute later, Nick Foligno scored on a put-back to make it 4-3 with a little under five minutes remaining, and the Blue Jackets having the momentum. Although time was running out. Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled from goal with two minutes remaining to give the Jackets one final effort at forcing overtime. It wasn’t to be.
Despite the disappointment of it coming to an end, the 2013-14 season gave a young Blue Jackets team, and a reinvigorated fanbase, plenty to be excited about looking ahead. In addition, Columbus has much to look forward to as a hockey town next year, with the 2015 All-Star Game coming to Nationwide Arena in January, after the lockout in 2013 and the Olympics in 2014 postponed the arrival of the game to central Ohio.
The Blue Jackets will return to the ice for pre-season hockey in September.
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