Just when you thought the Columbus-Pittsburgh series couldn't get any more crazy, Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22 seconds left to send Game 4 into overtime on Wednesday after an awful play from the Penguins and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Blue Jackets fell way behind early in this game, dropping into a 3-0 hole. They kept coming, though, and made it a one-goal game late. Out of the net came Sergei Bobrovsky for the extra attacker and what might have been the final rush up ice, the Jackets struck.
With the puck sent behind the Penguins goal for the Jackets forecheck, Fleury made the decision to come out of his net and play the puck. Never a smart decision with less than 30 seconds to go. He was unable to get his stick on the puck and the next thing you know, the Blue Jackets were passing it into the slot where Dubinsky was firing the puck into the open net. Tie game.
Fleury is going to get a lot of blame for this play and rightfully so. It was awful, a play he can't even try to make in a spot like that. It's a shame for him, too, because he had a really good game all the way up until this play, truly. But in one instant the old Playoff Fleury returned and the game was off to overtime.
The result was bedlam for the Jackets and the fans in Columbus. They started crawling back from their early deficit and made it 3-1. That's when it hit everybody that in the first three games of this series the team that won each game was trailing 3-1. Dubinsky's goal only got the game to overtime but still, the craziness of this series only increased.