Fleury Not Dwelling on OT Loss

PITTSBURGH- Marc-Andre Fleury woke up on Friday morning and went to work with a smile on his face.

Sure, the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie would like to have the final five minutes of Wednesday night’s Game 4 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets back. He also knows, however, that he isn’t going to get them.

So he did what he does after a loss. He looked at the tape, went over it with his coach, and then moved on. Dwelling on it at this point wouldn’t do any good.

Besides, the series is still even.

“It’s 2-2,” Fleury said. “We’re not down. We’re in good shape. It’s square, yeah.”

Even if it doesn’t exactly feel that way. The Penguins were seconds away from taking a 3-1 lead when Fleury misplayed a puck behind the Pittsburgh net, freeing up Brandon Dubinsky to tie the game in the final moments of regulation. Then, Nick Foligno’s innocent looking wrist shot from the blue line slipped under Fleury’s glove 2:49 into overtime to win it for Columbus.

Fleury understands he perhaps should have played things differently. Oh well.

“You get up the next morning, have a smile on my face, come to the room,” Fleury said.

Fleury wasn’t the only one smiling. Columbus began the series still searching for its first playoff win. Now the Blue Jackets have two in a week against a team considered a Stanley Cup contender. And they’ve done it in a most peculiar way, coming from two goals down in Games 2 and 4 to get Pittsburgh’s full attention.

It’s not exactly the plotline most expected.

Then again, little seems to be going according to plan in a series that has Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin still searching for their first goals of the postseason, and youngsters like 20-year-old Ryan Johansen growing up on the job.

“There’s been surprises,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said. “The way the series has gone, each team has had leads and found ways to lose a game, or the other team has found a way to win.”

Blackhawks 3 Blues 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway at 7:36 of overtime Friday night, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues and a 3-2 series lead.

Marian Hossa and Ben Smith also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won three in a row and can wrap up the first-round series at home Sunday. Four of the first five games in the series have gone to overtime.

T.J. Oshie and Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues.

All three of the Blues’ home games went to overtime and St. Louis won the first two.

Flyers 2 Rangers 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Steve Mason stopped 37 shots in his first start of the series, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek scored and Philadelphia beat New York to tie the first-round matchup 2-2.

Ray Emery started the first three games for Mason, who was out with an upper-body injury. Mason played the final 7:15 in a 4-1 loss Tuesday night.

Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers.

Game 5 is Sunday in New York.