By Rob Rossi


COLUMBUS, Ohio – They’re going to keep coming, these Blue Jackets.

They have 164 hits through three playoff games, and it only seems like 80 percent have been delivered to Penguins defensemen.

“They’ve got a game plan and they’re executing it well,” Kris Letang said Monday night after Game 3 – a 4-3 Penguins’ victory at Nationwide Arena.

That game plan is apparently to pound the Penguins into submission.

Or, as Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson said Tuesday, “Maybe as the series goes on we can make their defensemen start coming up short on some passes.”

It might work, too.

The Penguins advanced past Washington and Detroit in 2009 by wearing down those clubs’ defense corps in seven-game series. They targeted defensemen, and it paid off.

The Blue Jackets are vowing to do this, too.

That is why winning on Wednesday and taking a 3-1 series lead is critical for the Penguins. They do not want to get into a long series against this team.

At the very least, it would prove painful.

Rob Rossi, ClearChannel’s Penguins Insider, cover the NHL for Trib Total Media. In addition to this blog, his articles can be found here: