A goal by Brandon Sutter with 11:42 remaining in Wednesday night’s game snapped a 3-3 tie, completing a comeback from a 3-1 disadvantage, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won the first game of their Stanley Cup playoff opener 4-3 over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Game two will be played Saturday at 7:00 PM in Pittsburgh. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM.
Jussi Jokinen scored for the Penguins in the first period, but Pittsburgh was trailing 3-1 early in the second frame to a team they swept in a five-game regular season series before Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored on power play opportunities that came just 45 seconds apart.
Evgeni Malkin recorded two assists in his first appearance after missing three weeks with a foot injury. Paul Martin also had two assists.
Jack Johnson, former Penguin Mark Letestu and Derek MacKenzie all scored for Columbus. Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves to earn the win over Sergei Bobrovsky.