Columbus, Ohio • The Pittsburgh Penguins also have another P-word going for them: patience.
Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Penguins from yet another two-goal deficit in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.
best of seven
» Pittsburgh 4,Columbus 3
Penguins lead series 2-1
» Minnesota 1,Colorado 0
Avalanche lead series 2-1
» Chicago 2, St. Louis 0
Blues lead series 2-1
» Dallas 3, Anaheim 0
Ducks lead series 2-1
» Tampa Bay at Montreal,5 p.m., NHL Network
» Boston at Detroit,5:30 p.m., NBCSN
» N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia,6 p.m., CNBC
» San Jose at Los Angeles,8 p.m., NBCSN
Now up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Penguins got off to a horrible start, but took charge in the final two periods.
"It’s not ideal, especially when it’s 2-1 and you fall behind [by two goals] again," said captain Sidney Crosby. "Typically, it’s not the way you win hockey games. But it showed a lot of character and a lot of patience."
A two-goal lead has been poison so far in the series. Columbus also blew a 3-1 lead in Game 1, then the Penguins returned the favor Saturday night. In each case the opponent scored the final three goals, the Blue Jackets taking their first playoff victory in double-overtime just 48 hours earlier in Pittsburgh. All three games have ended 4-3.
"Anytime a team gets a lead they find a way to give it up," Sutter said.
Game 4 is Wednesday night here.
Down 2-0 early and then 3-1 in the third, the veteran Penguins scored on three consecutive shots.
Coach Dan Bylsma called a timeout after goals by Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson staked the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 lead 3:18 in before a raucous, overflow crowd of 19,148. The Penguins collected themselves and then collected another comeback win.
"We needed to reset," Bylsma said.
The surge began with less than 2 seconds left in the second period when Brooks Orpik rifled a hard wrister past Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, making it 2-1.
Just over a minute into the third period, the Blue Jackets pushed the lead back to two goals. Brandon Dubinsky, who had two assists, spun and fired a backhander that hit the glove of teammate Cam Atkinson and beat a surprised Marc-Andre Fleury.
Fleury slammed the door after that.
"I took it one shot at a time, tried to keep within the game," he said. "Just make the next save."
Wild 1, Avalanche 0 (OT) • In St. Paul, Minn., Mikael Granlund’s diving goal 5:08 into overtime allowed the Wild to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 45 of 46 shots, a franchise playoff record for shots on goal by the Wild.
Granlund cut toward the net for a wrist shot, and as he was falling forward took a stab at the puck to finally put one past Varlamov.
Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves, but the Wild goalie in his first career playoff start was just as good as his counterpart.
Game 4 is at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.
Blackhawks 2, Blues 0 • In Chicago, Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his third career postseason shutout, and Chicago got back into its playoff series against St. Louis with a victory in Game 3.
Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger scored as the defending Stanley Cup champions bounced back after a pair of overtime losses in St. Louis.Next Page >
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