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Coach Todd Richards gave no update on Fedor Tyutin's status after Columbus' 4-3 double-overtime win against the Penguins on Saturday night.

Tyutin played 6:55, getting two shots on goal and taking a penalty. Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch believes it's an upper-body injury after he took a few big hits in the first period.
Apr 19 - 11:43 PM

No update was given on Brian Gibbons' status after Game 2 on Saturday night.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had nothing to say after the double-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blue Jackets. The 26-year-old played 2:26 in the first period, but he made the most of his time, notching two goals. Gibbons appeared to hurt himself during a collision with Ryan Johansen around the 11:26 mark and played just five shifts. He had 17 points with the Penguins in 41 regular-season games.
Apr 19 - 11:18 PM

Matt Calvert tallied two goals -- including the game-winner -- for the Blue Jackets, who defeated the Penguins 4-3 in double overtime of Game 2 of their first-round series.

The feisty Blue Jackets pick up the franchise's first playoff victory. In this one, the Blue Jackets went down 2-0 and 3-1. Columbus matched the powerful Penguins lineup throughout, impressively scoring three special-teams goals. Calvert scored a short-handed goal to pull the team to 3-2 and the winner at 1:10 of the second overtime. Ryan Johansen scored on the power play and had a helper on Jack Johnson's goal that tied the game at three. With Fedor Tyutin injured early, Johnson played 38:31. David Savard had two helpers, tallying 33:46 of ice time.
Apr 19 - 11:11 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky blocked 39 shots in Columbus' 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 2 of their first-round series with the Penguins.

If it wasn't clear in Game 1, it's clear now: the Blue Jackets will be a very tough out. The resilient group bounced back after a very shaky first period in which Bobrovsky gave up three goals on 15 shots that saw the team go down 3-1. Columbus' chances in this series begin and end with the guy in net. Bobrovsky was excellent for the majority of the game, looking more comfortable as the game wore on. Columbus will host Game 3 on Monday with the series tied at one apiece.
Apr 19 - 11:09 PM

Matt Niskanen notched a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the first-round series.

With each game, Niskanen, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, is showing his worth and earning himself a better payday. The 27-year-old played 27:35 in recording his second straight power-play-goal-assist performance. Brian Gibbons, who left after playing just 2:26 in the first period, picked up the other two goals, his first-ever playoff markers. Gibbons notched the game's first goal at even strength and the second on the power play. Paul Martin, who logged 34:07, had two helpers, and so did Sidney Crosby, who finished with 30:34 in ice time.
Apr 19 - 11:08 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury made 41 saves in Pittsburgh's 4-3 double-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blue Jackets.

It's pretty clear that Fleury is not going to be a netminder who steals the Penguins any games. Sure, he made a number of athletic saves, but he also appeared lost on several chances and doesn't appear to be playing too confidently, either. Fleury posted a nearly identical save percentage in this one (.911) as he did in Game 1 (.912). The Penguins head to Columbus for Game 3, which will be on Monday. Fleury recorded a .905 save percentage on the road during the regular season, compared to .924 at home.
Apr 19 - 11:07 PM

Brent Seabrook will have a phone hearing with the NHL for his hit on David Backes in the third period of Game 2 of the first-round series.

No time has been set for the hearing just yet. The Blackhawks defenseman nailed Backes, who did not have the puck and was in a vulnerable position, with a hit to the head late in the third period of Saturday's game. Seabrook was given five minutes for charging and game misconduct, while a dazed Backes left the game and did not return. The Blues would tie it up with 6.4 seconds left in the regulation and win Game 2 in overtime.
Apr 19 - 10:47 PM

Alex Ovechkin will join Team Russia for the world hockey championship, according to Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo Sports.

The tournament begins May 9 in Belarus. Ovechkin, who will join the squad on April 20, led the NHL with 51 goals and he also had 28 assists, though he finished with a minus-35 rating. The star winger tallied just two points in five games during the Olympics, too. Capitals teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov will also play for Team Russia in the world championship.
Apr 19 - 10:39 PM

Fedor Tyutin has not played since the first period Saturday due to an undisclosed injury.

It's unclear how Tyutin was hurt. The Columbus reargard played 6:55 in the first period, blocking a shot and taking a penalty against the Penguins. He had 26 points in the regular season.
Apr 19 - 9:33 PM

Dany Heatley is a healthy scratch for the Wild against the Avs in Game 2 of their first-round series.

Heatley also did not play in the first game. The 33-year-old has seen his game drop off significantly in recent years. He tallied just 12 goals and 28 points in the regular season, with 10 of those points coming on the man advantage.
Apr 19 - 9:29 PM

The NHL is reviewing Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes that occurred at 15:19 of the third period in Game 2 of the series between the Blackhawks and Blues.

Not surprising news at all. The Blackhawks defenseman leveled Backes, who did not have the puck and was in a vulnerable position behind the net, with a high hit, connecting with his head. Seabrook was given fiven minutes for charging and a game misconduct, while Backes looked wobbly and departed from the game. The Blues would tie the game up on the power play with 6.4 seconds remaining and win it 4-3 in overtime.
Apr 19 - 9:18 PM

Brian Gibbons was injured after he hit Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen in the middle of the first period.

Gibbons scored twice -- his first postseason goals -- in a matter of 2:26 of ice time. He went to the dressing room after a hit on Johansen around the 11:26 mark and did not return to the bench for the second period. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma gave no update on his condition after the game. Gibbons had 17 points with the Penguins and 30 points in the AHL this season.
Apr 19 - 8:23 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 overtime victory over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday.

He registered a goal and two assists in the match. Shattenkirk played 27 minutes in the contest and 11:13 of that ice time came on the power play. Barret Jackman netted the game-winning 5:50 into the extra session, while Vladimir Tarasenko and Chris Porter also scored for the Blues in the win. Vladimir Sobotka picked up two helpers in the contest.
Apr 19 - 6:59 PM

Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 26 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

He allowed two goals on seven shots in the third period, but his teammates bailed him out with a game-tying marker with just seven seconds remaining in regulation. Miller has had some anxious moments in the series, but he has played well for spurts as well. The Blues have a 2-0 series lead.
Apr 19 - 6:47 PM

Corey Crawford dropped another 4-3 overtime decision to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon.

This time it took only one extra session for the Blues to score the winner. Crawford was excellent in the contest, while stopping 21 shots, but the Hawks couldn't hold off the Blues for a second straight playoff game. As a result, they will return home with a 2-0 series hole to dig themselves out of.
Apr 19 - 6:43 PM



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