Blue Jack­ets beat weary Pen­guins in over­time

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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.

AP PHOTO

Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets for­ward Wil­liam Karls­son works against Pitts­burgh Pen­guins for­ward Ev­geni Malkin dur­ing game ac­tion Fri­day.

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