04/16 21:27 CDT Penguins nip Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener
Penguins nip Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener
AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle
8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3
victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference
quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the
second period, erasing Pittsburgh's two-goal deficit. Jussi Jokinen also scored
for the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame some shaky defense to stop 31
Game 2 is Saturday night.
Jack Johnson, Mark Letestu and Derek Mackenzie scored for the Blue Jackets, who
fell to 0-5 all-time in postseason games. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 28
saves but was handcuffed by Sutter's knuckling wrister at the end of a 2-on-1