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Originally published April 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM | Page modified April 16, 2014 at 10:31 PM

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Penguins rally to win playoff opener

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.


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PITTSBURGH — 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 shaky defense to stop 31 shots.

Jack Johnson, Mark Letestu and Derek Mackenzie scored for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 0-5 all-time in postseason games.

Other games

Canadiens 5, at Lightning 4 (OT)

Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Canadiens the win at Tampa Bay in the opener of their playoff series.

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

At Ducks 4, Stars 3

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and Anaheim opened the postseason with a win over Dallas.

Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Getzlaf and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks. Stars captain Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour had power-play goals, and Tyler Seguin scored with 6:07 left.

Note

• The Winnipeg Jets confirmed Paul Maurice as their coach for the next four years. Maurice took the Jets to an 18-12-5 record after Claude Noel was fired.



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