Welcome, Blue Jackets fans, to the NHL playoffs. The first thing I'd like to point out is that the home team almost always gets the lion's share of the powerplays. This is to help ensure the 1st round goes as far as possible and maximizes revenue for the NHL. If the fact that the Pens got three tonight in the space of less than three minutes doesn't convince you, check out the first round stats for the last three years of the first round. The plus side is that you should be the beneficiary when you get back to Columbus.
The second thing you should know is that the NHL hates it when small market teams get to the third round or, God forbid, the Stanley Cup finals. Again, it does not maximize league revenue. They made that mistake quite few years ago when Edmonton and Calgary made it in back to back years and their TV ratings sucked. So the odds are stacked against you.
But don't give up hope. You have a great team and I'd like nothing better than to see the Jackets in the conference final where they lose to the Habs.
A Habs fan