The Columbus Blue Jackets came into tonight's game looking to capitalize on their offensive momentum from Monday's 5-2 win over the league-leading Washing Capitals against an injury-laden Penguins lineup. However, the Blue Jackets fell to the Metropolitan foe in overtime, failing to capitalize on a strong golatending performance from Joonas Korpisalo.
In the first frame, the Blue Jackets survived 12 Pittsburgh shots and two power plays to hold the score to 0-0, Joonas Korpisalo turning away all chances faced.
Pittsburgh controlled the second period of play in terms of shot quantity. However, the game remained scoreless into the third period.
Though both teams made pushes in the third period, neither would concede a regulation score, sending the teams to a 3-on-3 overtime. Over the three regulation periods, Joonas Korpisalo was a stand-out player, making several outstanding and timely saves.
After the Blue Jackets took a penalty in overtime, the Pittsburgh Penguins ended the low-scoring affair with a backhanded shot off a bouncing puck from Bryan Rust that snuck through Korpisalo's pads.
Zach Werenski (shoulder) remains absent from the lineup, expected to miss up to a month. Markus Nutivaara (upper body) is practicing with the team but it is unclear when he will return. Emil Bemstrom will miss 6-8 weeks with a dislocated rib and broken cartilage.
The Blue Jackets face off against the Ottawa Senators in Canada's capital this Saturday. Puck drop is slated for 1 p.m.