Penguins want to start fast, finish off Blue Jackets

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Facing elimination against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Blue Jackets came out aggressively at the start and this time didn't falter in front of a boisterous home crowd.

No word on whether the Bee Gees were blaring in the Blue Jackets' locker room following their 5-4 win over the Penguins in Tuesday's do-or-die Game 4, but it would have been appropriate. "That's the way we've won all year".

Sergei Bobrovsky had 27 saves to help the Blue Jackets get their first playoff victory in three years and their first-ever in regulation.

The Canadiens, who had the Eastern Conference's best record, led the series 2-0 and 3-1 before watching the Bruins rally to force a Game 7. "I think I've said that a couple of times, but certainly we've got to act on it".

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.

Patric Hornqvist, Ron Hainsey and Tom Kuhnhackl also scored for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury - pressed into service because of an injury to Matt Murray at the start of the series - had 29 saves.

"It's about being ready from the drop of the puck", coach Mike Sullivan said.

"We played a better game", Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. If Columbus can rattle Fleury's cage in the upcoming games, does it hurt his confidence enough to shake him in time for the second round if he's still the starter? Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday night in Montreal. Sullivan: "we just made a decision to keep them off the ice today". "So we're expecting, obviously, a pushback from them and we know we're going to see their best the next game". They've gone through a transformation here to play as a team.

The Blue Jackets aren't known as a dazzling transition team, but the Penguins made them look that way Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

In Game 3, Columbus stormed to a 3-1 lead after one period.

Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who were able to outlast the Penguins when they pushed back hard in the second and third periods and then got a short-handed goal from Jake Guenztel with 27 seconds left in the game.

After the Penguins fell by a score of 5-4 on the road in Columbus, things got a bit heated between rival fans in the concourse.

The Penguins answered to pull within one again at 2:10 of the third on Kuhnhackl's goal.

"With any team, if they're fast you got to get on them quick", defenseman Jordie Benn said.

Nash gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead early in the second and NY controlled the play for most of the period as the Canadiens had only one shot on goal in the first 11 minutes.

But back came the Penguins. Less than two minutes later, Hornqvist made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 6:43 of the second.

Cam Talbot's two-game shutout streak ended 15 seconds into game four when Joe Pavelski scored the fastest playoff goal in Sharks franchise history, opening the flood gates.

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