Goals on three consecutive shots in a span of two minutes and thirteen seconds early in the third period Monday night gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 come-from-behind victory at Columbus and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their opening round Stanley Cup playoff series.
Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta were given credit for the scores. Maatta’s goal broke a 3-3 tie with 11:54 remaining in the game.
The Blue Jackets scored twice early in the contest on shots by rookie Boone Jenner and by Jack Johnson. Brooks Orpik finally put the Penguins on the scoreboard with a score with 1.7 seconds left in the second period, but Columbus regained a 2-goal lead on a goal on a Brandon Dubinsky shot that deflected into the net off teammate Cam Atkinson.
The Penguins were 0-for-6 on power play opportunities, but outshot the Jackets 41-20. Marc-Andre Fleury earned the win. The losing goaltender, despite his 37 saves, was Sergei Brobovsky.
Game four will be played in Columbus on Wednesday night. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM. The fifth game of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Saturday, but no start time has been announced.