Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards suggested that Game 3 was another learning experience for his team.
The inexperienced Blue Jackets got off to a 3-1 lead in their first home game, but, as was the case in Game 1, they coughed up the edge en route to a 4-3 defeat. "We learned something coming out of Game 1 in Pittsburgh," Richards said. "It was new for a lot of guys, the whole experience of playing playoff hockey on a big stage. And it was different coming home for a game. For a lot of our guys it was Game 1 all over again. There was a lot of emotion in it, and the emotion, at times, kind of derailed us, just our thinking on the ice. It sidetracks your game." That's fair, but the Blue Jackets have no blown two very winnable games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Those are golden opportunities gone and there's no guarantee they'll get another one. As a learning experience for future playoff runs, this series might prove to be very helpful for Columbus, but in the short-term, they're running out of time if they want to pull off a first round upset.