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Penguins beat Blue Jackets, Canadiens top Lightning as playoffs begin

Penguins Rally Past Blue Jackets

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh's two-goal deficit. Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame some shaky defense to stop 31 shots.

Game 2 is Saturday night.

Jack Johnson, Mark Letestu and Derek Mackenzie scored for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 0-5 all-time in postseason games. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 28 saves but was handcuffed by Sutter's knuckling wrister at the end of a 2-on-1 break.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Canadiens the win at Tampa Bay in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Daniel Briere passed from behind the net to Weise in the right circle, and he beat Anders Lindback for the winning score. Lindback stopped 39 of 44 shots while filling in for injured goaltender Ben Bishop.

Carey Price stopped 21 shots for the Canadiens, who blew a pair of third-period leads. Brian Gionta had a short-handed goal and Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller and Thomas Vanek also scored for Montreal.

Steven Stamkos scored twice for Tampa Bay, including the goal that forced overtime.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night.

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Winelova April 17 2014 at 6:25 AM

What???? Superstar shines???? No mention of Crosby in the little blurb and only one mention in the video and not for scoring a goal!

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Mel April 17 2014 at 11:50 AM

The teaser headline on AOL's homepage shows a picture of Sidney Crosby with the caption "Penguins Superstar Shines As NHL Playoffs Begin" underneath.

Can someone please explain to me exactly HOW he "shined" in last night's game? He had 1 assist, had a -2 +/-, 0 hits, 0 blocked shots, 0 takeaways, 2 giveaways, and a whopping 2 SOG for the entire game.

This is "shining?" He was practically invisible on the ice last night. LOL

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joshlsmith April 17 2014 at 5:37 AM

"Penguins superstar shines as NHL playoffs begin"

Did you guys watch the game? The Penguins won a well fought game, but Crosby wasn't much of a factor in the game. Is slobbin' Crosby's knob part of the media's job?

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Mel joshlsmith April 17 2014 at 11:57 AM

That's the first thing I noticed too, Josh. Crosby had 1 assist, a -2 plus/minus, 0 hits, 0 blocked shots, 0 takeaways, 2 giveaways, and a whopping 2 SOG for the entire game.

That's "shining?" LOL he was invisible the entire game.

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marianicole62 April 17 2014 at 10:16 AM

Oh grow up! Your teams must all be in the play-offs to be acting like bratty little kids. Either that or you are all under 18 years old. Really! Enjoy the sport and stop acting like idiots! LOL! And "Marty", we'll see about that football comment you made, we'll see! I have heard that Boston fans are vicious, and you are obviously the poster boy. LOL AGAIN!

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keepergo marianicole62 April 17 2014 at 10:25 AM

Agree - just enjoy the sport and the games and feel lucky your team may be there!

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dsmith2316 April 17 2014 at 8:18 AM

It looked to me like the Pens barely took Game 1 from a team that is in the playoffs for the first time ever. Nothing to get too excited about.......

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bullsbearsnyseny dsmith2316 April 17 2014 at 8:59 AM

very t r u e

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mkraven77 April 17 2014 at 6:40 AM

He is the poster boy for NHL but... he is far less the player than were Wayne and Mario

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Gene April 17 2014 at 9:18 AM

They will find a away to get past Columbus,but with Philly ,Boston,Detroit out there next it will be an early trip to the golf course this spring.

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RICHARD April 17 2014 at 10:41 AM

western confrence teams rule

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jurmik April 17 2014 at 10:44 AM

Matt Niskanen no, Matti Niskanen is correct, he is my paisano. Please get at least the names right.

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mkraven77 April 17 2014 at 12:58 PM

Go Sabres and take the damn Bills with you !!!

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