Three Things: Marchenko Scratched, Peeke Scores, Roslovic Stays Hot Ahead Of Trade Deadline, Pens' Continue Mastery Of Blue Jackets

By Will Chase on March 6, 2024 at 8:15 am
 Pittsburgh Penguins' Tristan Jarry makes a save against Columbus Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier during the second period at PPG Paints Arena.
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No three-game winning streak, and no win in Pittsburgh.

Reilly Smith had three points with a goal and two assists to extend the Pittsburgh Penguins' mastery over the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Smith picked up career points No. 500, 501, and 502.

Evgeni Malkin had two points with a goal and an assist. Jesse Puljujarvi, Rickard Rakell, and Jeff Carter scored for Pittsburgh.

Ryan Graves had two assists, and Emil Bemstrom picked up an assist.

Tristan Jarry made 33 saves to improve to 8-1-1 against the Blue Jackets in his career.

Jack Roslovic and Andrew Peeke each had two points with a goal and an assist. 

Johnny Gaudreau scored for Columbus. Gaudreau is on a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist).

Zach Werenski, Jake Bean, and Alexander Texier picked up assists.

Werenski now has 200 career assists and is on a four-game point streak (zero goals, five assists). He trails David Vyborny (204) and Rick Nash (258) on the franchise's all-time assists list. Texier is on a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists).

Jet Greaves made 26 saves. Cole Sillinger played his 200th career game.

Marchenko Scratched, Peeke Scores

Kirill Marchenko was a healthy scratch for head coach Pascal Vincent and the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Marchenko is the team's second-leading scorer with 17 goals and is third with 32 points. The move raised eyebrows, to say the least.

Peeke drew into the lineup for just his 22nd game and made Vincent's move look brilliant as he scored at the 5:28 mark of the second period to tie the game at 2-2.

Roslovic Stays Hot

Roslovic led Blue Jackets forwards with a goal and an assist. His shorthanded goal tied the game 3-3 at 8:04 of the third period. Peeke picked up the assist on the play for his second point.

Pens' Continue Mastery

Tuesday's loss drops the Blue Jackets mark to 4-17-5, all-time in Pittsburgh in regular-season play.

All total, Columbus has five wins if you include the Game 2, 4-3, double-overtime win during the 2013-14 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 19, 2014. Columbus' last win in Pittsburgh was Nov. 13, 2015, when they won 2-1.

With the 4-3 loss, the Blue Jackets are 0-9-5 in Pittsburgh since their last victory in the Steel City.

McDavid & Co.

The Blue Jackets are back at it on Thursday, Mar. 7, from Nationwide Arena when they take on the Edmonton Oilers to wrap up the two-game season series. Edmonton took the first matchup 4-1 in Alberta on Jan. 23. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. ET.

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