The Penguins blanked the Blue Jackets, 3-0. And a lot went right along the way.
Matt Murray pitched a shutout. Phil Kessel finally scored. The banged-up defense held its own again. Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann continued to mesh with their new teammates. And Mike Sullivan’s team continued its mastery of Columbus.
That’s eight straight wins for the Penguins over their neighbors down I-70. The victory propelled Pittsburgh into third place of the Metro Division. That’s two points clear of the two wild-card teams: Carolina and Montreal.
The team is four points in front of the slumping Blue Jackets, who have lost four of six. Meanwhile the Penguins have won four of five.
Our Penguins beat writer, Jonathan Bombulie, joined me at PPG Paints Arena to wrap it up in our Sided.co podcast.