The Blue Jackets blew a 4-0 second-period lead and lost 5-4 in overtime to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
Emil Bemstrom opened the scoring on the power play at 4:02 with a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Cole Sillinger who received a slap-pass from Kent Johnson.
Lane Pederson scored his first goal as a Jacket at 7:54 one the rush after he crashed the net to finish off a rebound from a Liam Foudy centering pass.
Patrik Laine extended the Jackets' lead to three at 10:11 after Johnson intercepted a pass in the defensive zone and sent Roslovic down the left wing with a beautiful lead pass before Roslovic found Laine in his wheelhouse with a no-look backhand pass.
The Jackets led 3-0 after the first period with a 10-7 edge in shots on goal.
Michael Hutchinson replaced Elvis Merzlikins, who stopped all seven shots he faced, to start the second period.
Foudy put Columbus up four at 2:37 with a wicked wrist shot from the left circle over the right shoulder of Tristan Jarry after receiving a cross-ice feed from Bemstrom.
After the goal, Jarry was pulled after stopping eight of 12 shots.
Jason Zucker got the Penguins on the board at 10:23 after being left wide open in front of the net and deking Hutchinson for the goal.
Columbus took a 4-1 lead into the third period trailing 23-19 in shots on goal.
Jake Guentzel cut Pittsburgh's deficit to two at 0:21 with a snap-shot from the right circle.
Zucker scored his second of the night at 3:16 after he was left all alone in the slot.
Danton Heinen tied the game at four at 3:59. on a rebound off the rush after being left open at the doorstep by Erik Gudbranson.
The Penguins scored two goals in 0:43 and three goals in 3:38.
The teams were tied at four and headed to overtime with Pittsburgh leading 41-26 in shots on goal.
Sidney Crosby scored the winner at 2:45 on the power play with a one-timer from the right circle.
With the loss, the Jackets fall to 20-37-7.
- Shots on Goal: CBJ 27-47 PiT
- Faceoff %: CBJ 48.5-51.5 PIT
- Power play: CBJ 1/2-1/2 PIT
- Takeaways: CBJ 13-14 PIT
- Giveaways: CBJ 15-4 PIT
- Blocked shots: CBJ 28-10 PIT
- Hits: CBJ 43-51 PIT
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 1.86-4.89 PIT
- Chances (CF): CBJ 37-87 PIT
- Shots (SF): CBJ 20-39 PIT
- Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 18-46 PIT
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 8-25 PIT
Elvis Merzlikins did not play the final two periods. The team said he is ill.
The Blue Jackets return home to take on the Blues Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.
The club will set out on its California road trip and face the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, March 14, at 10:30 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.