The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their dominance over the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena, extending the Blue Jackets’ losing streak to 15 games in Pittsburgh. This streak dates back to November 13, 2015, making it the NHL’s longest active road losing streak in a road city and the sixth-longest in the salary cap era. The Blue Jackets have faced many changes since their last win in Pittsburgh, with only captain Boone Jenner remaining from that roster.

The Blue Jackets struggled on a recent five-game road trip, losing all five games despite scoring first in each of them. They have now lost six consecutive games overall, with only one win in their last 10 games. The team has been plagued by injuries, forcing them to rely on young players called up from the AHL. Despite these challenges, head coach Pascal Vincent challenged his players to respond positively to adversity and keep pushing forward.

In their most recent game against the Penguins, the Blue Jackets showed improvement but ultimately fell short. They were unable to capitalize on several odd-man rushes, scoring only two goals in the game. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin responded quickly to both of the Blue Jackets’ goals, scoring a pair of power-play goals to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 victory. Goaltender Daniil Tarasov made 33 saves for the Blue Jackets, but they were unable to find a tying goal late in the game.

Vincent praised his team for their effort in the game, acknowledging the mistakes that were made but emphasizing the need to keep pushing forward. The Blue Jackets will have to regroup and find a way to end their losing streak as they continue to deal with injuries and lineup changes. Despite the challenges they face, Vincent remains optimistic about the team’s ability to respond to adversity and improve in the coming games.

The Blue Jackets have struggled to find success in difficult situations, facing tough opponents and dealing with a roster depleted by injuries. As they look to break their losing streak, the team will need to focus on playing a full 60 minutes and capitalizing on their scoring opportunities. With their captain leading the way, the Blue Jackets will aim to turn things around and put an end to their struggles on the road and against the Penguins.

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