Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 3 (OT): Saving the best for last

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

The Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno, left, celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime and tying the series against the Penguins at two games apiece.

If Game 3 in Nationwide Arena didn’t quite earn the distinction of most memorable in Blue Jackets history, Game 4 tonight certainly did. The Blue Jackets made up a 3-0 deficit and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime, knotting their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series at 2 with the first home playoff win in franchise history.

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Blue Jackets know they can’t afford to wilt again

ADAM CAIRNS | DISPATCH

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, left, and Joe Vitale celebrate after a shot by Brooks Orpik beat goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky late in the second period of Game 3.

The Blue Jackets have held 3-1 leads in both games they have lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins during their first-round playoff series, which explains why the emotions in the dressing room were so conflicted yesterday. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Nationwide Arena, which should be rocking at a similar jet-engine decibel as Monday’s tilt.

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Penguins notebook: Fleury avoiding meltdowns of past playoffs

In each of the first three games of this first-round series, there have been times when Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury appeared to be on the ropes, as if his struggles from previous playoffs had resurfaced.

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Reds 4, Pirates 1: Cueto’s gem tops Volquez

PITTSBURGH — Johnny Cueto tossed his second three-hitter against Pittsburgh in a week, and the Cincinnati Reds eased past the struggling Pirates 4-1 last night.

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Royals 8, Indians 2: Salazar’s struggles continue in loss

Mark Duncan | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mike Moustakas is greeted at the plate by teammate Billy Butler after hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Royals the lead to stay.

CLEVELAND — For the second straight start, Danny Salazar went bad at the wrong time.

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Clippers 11, Braves 1: LaHair ends drought, joins in offensive outburst

Somewhere within a huge offensive evening for the Clippers last night at Huntington Park, Bryan LaHair hopes he found at least the beginning of a cure for what has ailed him this season.

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College notebook: Tressel in final three for Akron presidency

The University of Akron announced yesterday that it has cut the list of applicants for president to three finalists, including former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who will be on campus next week for additional interviews and meetings.

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Around the NBA: George helps Pacers tie series with Hawks

FRANK GUNN | CANADIAN PRESS

The Raptors’ Amir Johnson (15) and the Nets’ Deron Williams collide while chasing the ball.

Pacers 101, Hawks 85: Paul George scored 27 points, and George Hill had all 15 of his points in the second half to help host Indiana even its Eastern Conference first-round series at a game apiece last night.

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Sports report: ESPN gets NFL playoff game; will be first to air on cable

An NFL playoff game will air on cable for the first time this season.

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Men’s tennis: Ohio State top seed in Big Ten tournament

The Ohio State men’s tennis team, which finished 27-3 overall and 11-0 in the Big Ten, earned the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, which begins on Thursday at Michigan State. The Buckeyes received a first-round bye and will open on Friday in the quarterfinals.

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The Fifth Line Roars

The fans at Nationwide Arena react to Nick Foligno scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Penguins. The 4-3 victory evened up the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 0 Comments

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