Blue Jackets Fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Overtime 1-0, Failing to Capitalize on a Strong Goaltending Performance from Joonas Korpisalo

By Max Steele on December 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm
Nov 24, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) guards the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The Columbus Blue Jackets came into tonight's game looking to capitalize on their offensive momentum from Monday's 5-2 win over the league-leading Washing Capitals against an injury-laden Penguins lineup.  However, the Blue Jackets fell to the Metropolitan foe in overtime, failing to capitalize on a strong golatending performance from Joonas Korpisalo.

In the first frame, the Blue Jackets survived 12 Pittsburgh shots and two power plays to hold the score to 0-0, Joonas Korpisalo turning away all chances faced.

Pittsburgh controlled the second period of play in terms of shot quantity. However, the game remained scoreless into the third period.

  1 2 3 OT F
BLUE JACKETS 0 0 0 0 0
PENGUINS 0 0 0 1 0

Though both teams made pushes in the third period, neither would concede a regulation score, sending the teams to a 3-on-3 overtime.  Over the three regulation periods, Joonas Korpisalo was a stand-out player, making several outstanding and timely saves.

After the Blue Jackets took a penalty in overtime, the Pittsburgh Penguins ended the low-scoring affair with a backhanded shot off a bouncing puck from Bryan Rust that snuck through Korpisalo's pads.

Injury Update

Zach Werenski (shoulder) remains absent from the lineup, expected to miss up to a month.  Markus Nutivaara (upper body) is practicing with the team but it is unclear when he will return.  Emil Bemstrom will miss 6-8 weeks with a dislocated rib and broken cartilage.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets face off against the Ottawa Senators in Canada's capital this Saturday.  Puck drop is slated for 1 p.m.


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