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Blue Jackets Defeat Penguins in OT, But At What Cost?

Gaudreau's overtime goal was his 14th career overtime goal, and it moved the Blue Jackets ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks for the worst record in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets came out on top in their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-2 victory in overtime. Johnny Gaudreau scored just a minute into the extra period to secure the win for the Blue Jackets and snap their four-game losing streak.


Gaudreau's overtime goal was his 14th career overtime goal, and it moved the Blue Jackets ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks for the worst record in the NHL. While the win is a huge win for the club, it also resulted in a 7.9% lower probability of the 1st overall pick in the draft.

Andrew Peeke and Emil Bemstrom also scored for the Blue Jackets, with Michael Hutchinson stopping 34 shots in goal.


Hutchinson was pleased with the team's performance, saying, "I think everyone played great, and we did a good job, team-wise, of winning their chances. We didn’t give them too much time off their rushes. We were backchecking hard. It was just a fun game to be part of."


Despite the loss, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan stated, "I always believe there’s something to play for. But obviously, when you’re officially eliminated from the playoffs, it’s a whole different experience. From that standpoint, it’s a difficult one to even assess."


Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen acknowledged that the Penguins weren't at their best, but he was proud of his team's effort. "They were low on energy. You can understand -- 16 straight years. It was a different feel for sure. Look at the lineup we had. We had a lot of kids in there, and they provided us with some energy. The players play. They go out and they compete. That’s what they do, and they found a way."

Emily Christy

Saturday, April 15, 2023

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