With a 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be advancing to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the series win the Penguins are one step closer to repeating as Stanley Cup champions.
The Penguins handled the Blue Jackets in five games, and only a couple of the games were close. The Penguins were able to advance in front of their home-ice fans, beating the Blue Jackets 5-2. Phil Kessel got on the board early for the Penguins with a power play goal in the first period, his second goal of the series.
The second period was filled with action as the Penguins expanded their lead to three after back-to-back goals from Bryan Rust, adding his third and fourth goals of the series. The Blue Jackets did make a comeback scoring two in the second. William Karlsson got the Blue Jackets on the board, his second of the series. Boone Jenner then followed it up with a power play goal for the Blue Jackets, his second of the series as well.
The Blue Jackets weren’t able to fend of the defending champions as the third period was all Pittsburgh. The Penguins scored two in the third to increase their lead to three. Sidney Crosby got a power play goal early in the third and not even a minute later Scott Wilson added the dagger to make their lead three.
The Penguins will have valuable time to rest as only one other team in the playoffs have clinched a berth in to the next round (Ducks). The Penguins will either play the young guns, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Presidents Trophy winners Washington Capitals. That series is tied at two games a piece.