Injury-Plagued Pens Fall To Blue Jackets, 4-1

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Penguins lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1 on Tuesday night.

In the first period, Rick Nash scored on a snap shot set up by Derick Brassard and Jakub Voracek at 6:07 to make it 1-0.

The Blue Jackets built a 3-0 lead in the second with a wrister from Samuel Pahlsson at 8:08 and a backhander from Voracek with under three minutes left in the period.

The Penguins got on the board and avoided being shutout at 7:29 in the third when Tyler Kennedy scored on the power play. Mike Rupp and Paul Martin had assists on the goal.

Antoine Vermette got the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 4-1. Fleury had 21 saves.

The Blue Jackets avenged a 7-2 loss to the Penguins from December.

“I was frustrated after that. That was embarrassing, especially for myself, people watching it back home, and to see our team represented that way,” Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said. “Tonight, it was in the back of our minds but, more than anything, the two points were first in our mind.”

Meantime, the list of injured Penguins continues to grow.

Along with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu all being out, Chris Kunitz was also scratched for the game with a lower body injury. He’s listed as day-to-day.

The Penguins are faced with the grim possibility of playing without their top two stars the rest of the season.

“I’m not going to play any different just because those two are out and I don’t think anybody else should either,” Kennedy said.

  • Wel Hung

    penguins are in big trouble

  • ZZZ

    REAL BIG TROUBLE.. Thank goodness no defensemen have gone down, at least not yet.. Question is, will Shero make some deals, or just go with what they have into the playoffs. Probably won’t get too far this year either way…

  • Joseph Puskar

    mario will bring in some talented experienced guys if we lose more than 5 in 7….guarantee

    • Guins Fan

      Mario will have nothing to do with it; it’s Shero. The only positive side is that since Malkin is in IR that frees up his salary for the season so coupling that with what Shero set aside, we have about $10 million to spend before the tradeline to bring in help.

  • Stephanie

    The Penguins are in big trouble here and we all are seeing it. I think there is something else wrong with Sid I mean its been way over a month I think the head injury with him is way worst then what they are telling us and I think we need more answer if he is going to be out any longer because we may not last too much longer if we dont see something happen here and soon. Malkin has been shakey the last few months and I personal dont think they are going to keep him much longer he has not done too much for us so when they both return they better play there hearts out or your are going to have a city full of people who are going to very very upset! I mean this is what Pittsburgh is we like to see our Pittsburgh teams make it to the playoffs and without seeing some kind of effort I dont see us lasting in the playoffs very long for hockey…….im just saying agree or not i dont care im just telling you what I think is going to happen this season! Im still a fan in the end!

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