Pittsburgh 3, Columbus 1

Saturday, April 26, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 43-32-5-2 22-15-2-2 21-17-3-0 L1
Pittsburgh 51-24-4-3 28-9-1-3 23-15-3-0 W1

Recap


Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 1: Jussi Jokinen snapped a tie at 6:16 of the third period as host Pittsburgh claimed a 3-2 lead in its Eastern Conference first-round series.

Chris Kunitz recorded a power-play goal and an assist while defenseman Kris Letang scored into an empty net for the Metropolitan Division-champion Penguins, who registered at least 15 shots in each period. Marc-Andre Fleury recovered from a disappointing effort in Game 4 to make 23 saves.

Rookie Boone Jenner netted the lone tally for the Blue Jackets, who attempt to stave off elimination when they host Game 6 on Monday. Sergei Bobrovsky was superb in defeat, turning aside 48 shots.

Columbus took the lead during a power play at 12:55 of the first period as a loose puck squirted to Jenner, who backhanded it into the net at the left post for his third goal of the series. Pittsburgh pulled even 7:42 into the second, when Kunitz deposited his third attempt past Bobrovsky.

Bobrovsky made stops on Lee Stempniak and Brandon Sutter in front early in the third, but the Penguins would not be denied. The Russian netminder was unable to control the puck after Sutter's attempt and it slid across the crease for Jokinen, who tapped in a backhander near the right post to snap the tie.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh was without D Brooks Orpik due to an undisclosed injury. Robert Bortuzzo made his NHL playoff debut in his place and recorded three shots on goal in 13:36 of ice time. ... Penguins C Marcel Goc returned to the lineup and registered one shot in 10:37 of action. The 30-year-old German had not played since March 27 due to a foot injury. ... Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby notched an assist but saw his playoff goal-scoring drought reach 10 games. ... Columbus D Fedor Tyutin was back in the lineup after missing two contests with an undisclosed injury.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Pittsburgh
Boone Jenner 1 Points Chris Kunitz 2
Boone Jenner 1 Goals Chris Kunitz 1
Ryan Johansen 1 Assists Chris Kunitz 1
Boone Jenner 1 Power Play Goals Chris Kunitz 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Sergei Bobrovsky .960 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .958
Sergei Bobrovsky 48 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 23

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 24 1 1-2 3-4 12 23
Pittsburgh 51 3 1-4 1-2 6 31

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against Columbus. The Penguins have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .633 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .488 after a win and .550 after a loss.