Blue Jackets send C Cole Sillinger to AHL Cleveland
The Jackets were dominated for the final 40 minutes of the game.
The Jackets opened the scoring for the first time since opening night when Kris Letang's clearing attempt deflected off of Johnny Gaudreau and found Boone Jenner, who was in front of the net and able to score with 7:13 remaining in the period.
#CBJ Jenner (1) goal pic.twitter.com/gegZP5dDVy— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) October 22, 2022
Columbus nearly doubled its lead while short-handed when Mathieu Olivier pulled off a toe-drag and then spun a back-hand pass to Justin Danforth who hit the post.
The Jackets doubled their lead down a skater when Letang's pass didn't find a Penguin and careened off the boards, leading Jack Roslovic to score on a breakaway with 1:16 left in the period.
#CBJ Roslovic (1) goal pic.twitter.com/TySisHyx8J— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) October 22, 2022
Columbus dominated the first period against its division rivals and carried a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
5v5 P1 stats (via @NatStatTrick):— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) October 23, 2022
Chances: CBJ 20-9 PIT
Shots: CBJ 12-4 PIT
Scoring chances: CBJ 12-4 PIT
High-danger chances: CBJ 5-1 PIT
xG: CBJ 0.81-0.24 PIT#CBJ
Pittsburgh battled back in the second period when Josh Archibald's wrist shot from the left circle beat Elvis Merzlikins to the far side with 16:17 remaining.
Have another look at Josh Archibald's tally which got Pittsburgh on the board in Columbus pic.twitter.com/vE0Y8xaeW3— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 23, 2022
The Jackets responded just 14 seconds later as Kent Johnson scored his first NHL goal on a backhand shot from point-blank range.
#CBJ Johnson (1) goal pic.twitter.com/OB5ACW7vYr— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) October 23, 2022
The Penguins didn't back down, though, as they scored on a Jan Rutta slap shot from the point to cut Columbus' lead to 3-2 with 9:56 in the middle frame.
Rutta absolutely BLASTED that puck straight in the net. pic.twitter.com/jF2QMrKVv0— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 23, 2022
They struck again to tie the game at 3-3 when Danton Heinen cleaned up a rebound at the end of a net-mouth scramble with 5:41 to play in the period.
You know what they say...— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 23, 2022
Go to the net and good things will happen. pic.twitter.com/k8cdIzsTbg
The teams entered the second intermission deadlocked at three, with the Jackets winning the first period and the Penguins winning the second.
Pittsburgh's momentum continued into the final period of regulation when Sidney Crosby finished a one-timer from Brian Dumoulin from the right circle off a face-off. Crosby was wide open.
THAT'S OUR CAPTAIN pic.twitter.com/WMRdqy7hD3— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 23, 2022
The Penguins doubled their lead with 5:53 to go in regular when Heinen scored his second of the night off a rebound.
Pittsburgh scored again 44 seconds later to extend its lead to 6-3 when Brock McGinn fired a top-shelf shot off a rebound past Merzlikins.
That score would hold as the Penguins ended the Jackets' two-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory.
- Shots on goal: PIT 39-32 CBJ
- Face-off %: PIT 53-47 CBJ
- Power play: PIT 0/3, CBJ 0/1
- Giveaways: PIT 4-5 CBJ
- Hits: PIT 12-31 CBJ
- Blocked shots: PIT 17-15 CBJ
5v5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- xG: PIT 2.65-1.46 CBJ
- Chances: PIT 54-48 CBJ
- Shots: PIT 34-26 CBJ
- Scoring chances: PIT 25-21 CBJ
- High-danger chances: PIT 9-8 CBJ
Justin Danforth left tonight's game with an upper-body injury and did not return. He missed the second and third periods.
The Jackets return to action Sunday at 5 p.m. on the road against the Rangers.
They return home to face the Coyotes on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.