Playoff Hockey Returns To Nationwide Arena

The Blue Jackets have been to the playoffs once before. They were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.(Photo: Flickr)
The Blue Jackets have been to the playoffs once before. They were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.(Photo: Flickr)

After an injury-filled regular season, about the last thing the Pittsburgh Penguins needed or expected was a major struggle early in the playoffs.

Yet that is exactly what they’re getting from the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets, a cellar-dweller for many of their first 12 seasons, shocked the mighty Penguins 4-3 in two overtimes on Saturday night to tie their first-round Stanley Cup series at a game apiece.

Now the Penguins, under fire from media and fans in their hometown due to their own recent failures in the postseason, must find a way to turn things around on Monday night in Game 3.

A rollicking capacity crowd will be lying in wait in Columbus for only the third home playoff game in Blue Jackets history.

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