It started well, at least?
Scott Harrington – yes, you read that right – opened the scoring 5:14 into the game with his first goal of the season. The Blue Jackets, fresh off a big win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, carried that momentum into the start of this game at PPG Paints Arena.
But as they so often do, the Penguins had an answer. Or three.
A pair of quick-strike goals gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes and all of a sudden, the Blue Jackets were playing catch-up. They got only as close as one goal the rest of the way, as the Penguins rode a Jake Guentzel hat trick to a 4-2 win.
Cam Atkinson extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games in a losing effort, tying a franchise record set by Geoff Sanderson in 2002-03.
Joonas Korpisalo didn't have a great night between the pipes, giving up four goals yet again and forcing the Blue Jackets' offense to come through with at least four to get a point.
None to report.
The Blue Jackets now head to Detroit where they'll face the Red Wings on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena.
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