Pittsburgh 2, Columbus 1

Friday, March 28, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 47-22-3-2 26-8-0-2 21-14-3-0 W1
Columbus 37-30-4-2 20-14-1-2 17-16-3-0 L1


Penguins 2, Blue Jackets 1: Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett scored goals 47 seconds apart midway into the third period as visiting Pittsburgh clinched a playoff spot for the eighth straight season.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game losing skid and swept their five-game season series against Columbus. Captain Sidney Crosby added an assist for his league-leading 97th point.

Defenseman James Wisniewski netted a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who remained even in points with Detroit, Toronto and Washington in pursuit for one of the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference. Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots while filling in for the injured Sergei Bobrovsky.

Neither team could generate any scoring in the opening two periods, but Kunitz fired a shot from the high slot that found a way past McElhinney at 10:35 of the third. Bennett doubled the advantage on the ensuing shift.

With Kunitz serving a tripping penalty, Wisniewski blasted a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle with 3:06 remaining in the game. Fleury stopped 14 of 15 shots in the final 20 minutes for his first victory in six starts.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh finished 0-for-4 on the power play after going 0-for-7 in a loss to Los Angeles on Thursday. … Bobrovsky was pulled from Tuesday’s game due to an illness. … Pittsburgh outscored Columbus 16-7 in the season series.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Columbus
Beau Bennett 1 Points Matt Calvert 1
Beau Bennett 1 Goals Matt Calvert 1
Robert Bortuzzo 1 Assists Jack Johnson 1
N/A Power Play Goals Matt Calvert 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury .972 Save Percentage Curtis McElhinney .935
Marc-Andre Fleury 35 Saves Curtis McElhinney 29

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 31 2 0-4 3-4 15 22
Columbus 36 1 1-4 4-4 15 30

Upcoming Games

  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against Carolina. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against Chicago. The Penguins have a W/L % of .638 after a win and .630 after a loss.
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