Jackets Blow Two Goal Lead, Fall In Game Three

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets makes a glove save as Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus' Ryan Murray battle for position.(Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets)
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets makes a glove save as Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus' Ryan Murray battle for position.(Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets)

A two-goal lead has been a dangerous thing in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. For the third time in as many games, the winning team has stormed back from a two-goal deficit.

The Jackets led 3-1 until Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored during a 2:13 span early in the third period to lead the Pens to a 4-3 triumph at Columbus. Stempniak and Maata tallied 63 seconds apart to put the Penguins ahead with 11:54 remaining.

Goals by Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson gave the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead just 3:18 into the game, but Columbus fired just 17 shots the rest of the way as the Pens grabbed a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4 is Wednesday in Columbus.

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