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01-07-2013, 06:58 PM
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October 6, 2014

The Blue Jackets got off to a quick start in their first game of the 2013-2014 season, scoring a pair of power play goals by Jack Johnson and Cam Atkinson, but the Penguins would grind their way back in the third period, scoring all 4 goals in the final frame. Pittsburgh played a very physical game, outhitting the Blue Jackets 21-8, and sending several Blue Jackets players to the locker room with various injuries, which undoubtedly had an effect on their ability to hold the lead.

"We just didn't match their intensity," said Columbus' head coach. "Even though they took a few penalties there in the first and we were able to capitalize, we were just outworked and outmatched physically. We needed a better commitment on the physical side and we didn't get it."

James Wisniewski left the game with concussion-like symptoms and will be monitored in the coming weeks. Colton Gillies is also expected to miss time with an arm injury after he fell awkwardly from a Shane Doan hit.

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