Blue Jackets beat weary Penguins in overtime
Brandon Dubinsky scored just over a minute into overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Friday night.
Dubinsky lifted a shot over Matt Murray as he skated into the slot to win it for the Blue Jackets after a fast, taut game amid a playoff atmosphere at sold-out Nationwide Arena.
Sergei Bobrovsky had 38 saves, and Ryan Murray scored in the second period as Columbus moved within a point of Pittsburgh for second place in the rough Metropolitan Division.
Matt Murray made 37 saves, and Ian Cole scored for the Penguins, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Penguins lost for the first time in four games.
An intense, entertaining first period ended without a goal. Pittsburgh outshot the Blue Jackets 15-11, while Bobrovsky held tight as the Penguins swarmed and bumped him around.
After Sidney Crosby bounced a slap shot off the post to start the second period, the Blue Jackets struck. William Karlsson pushed the puck out in front the goal and Ryan Murray finished it with a backhander from the slot with 1:33 gone.
The Penguins tied it 6:13 into the period when Cole zinged a wrister from the left point past the glove of Bobrovsky, who was screened by one of his defencemen.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward William Karlsson works against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin during game action Friday.