Johnny Gaudreau Scores OT Winner As Blue Jackets Beat Penguins 3-2

By Coby Maeir on April 13, 2023 at 10:08 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) scores a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry (35) during overtime at Nationwide Arena.
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The Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since November 29, 2019, winning 3-2 in overtime Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

1st Period

Kent Johnson nearly opened the scoring on a two-on-one rush at 1:27, but missed the net with a wrist shot from the left slot.

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Kris Letang put Pittsburgh on the board at 4:28 on the power play with a wrist shot from the right point that took a deflection on its way to the net.

Jeff Carter nearly doubled Pittsburgh's lead at 5:11 with a redirect from the goalmouth, but Michael Hutchinson made the save.

Mikael Pyyhtia had a chance to score his first-career NHL goal at 12:48 but Tristan Jarry denied his left-circle wrist shot.

Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission in addition to a 13-8 edge in shots on goal.

2nd Period

Andrew Peeke tied the game with a right-point slap-shot at 2:12 after Hunter McKown won the right-circle face-off. 

Ryan Poehling had a golden chance to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead while short-handed at 8:09 with a wrap-around attempt that he probably should have finished, but couldn't.

The Blue Jackets had a fantastic shift, holding the puck in their offensive zone for about a minute, including two big chances from Johnny Gaudreau, but they couldn't score.

The teams were tied at one after two with Pittsburgh up 25-22 in shots on goal.

3rd Period

Jake Guentzel scored the Penguins' second power-play goal of the game at 3:53 with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.

Jack Roslovic nearly tied the game on a breakaway at 5:25, but Jarry made the save.

Emil Bemstrom did tie the game on the power play at 16:35 with a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle. Pyyhtia and Stanislav Svozil each picked up their first-career NHL points with assists on the goal.

Hutchinson made a game-saving stop on Rickard Rakell's one-timer from the left circle at 17:28.

The teams headed to overtime tied at two with Pittsburgh leading 36-33 in shots on goal.


Gaudreau scored the winner on a breakaway with a backhand finish at 1:00.

With the win, the Jackets improved to 25-47-9.


  • Shots on Goal: PIT 36-34 CBJ
  • Faceoff %: PIT 50.0-50.0 CBJ
  • Power play: PIT 2/2-1/4 CBJ
  • Takeaways: PIT 5-9 CBJ
  • Giveaways: PIT 3-6 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: PIT 11-9 CBJ
  • Hits: PIT 14-19 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
  • Expected Goals (xG): PIT 2.96-2.60 CBJ
  • Chances (CF): PIT 50-54 CBJ
  • Shots (SF): PIT 33-28 CBJ
  • Scoring Chances (SCF): PIT 24-30 CBJ
  • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): PIT 12-15 CBJ

Injury Update

No players left tonight's game with injuries.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets conclude their 2022-23 regular season Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET when they host the Buffalo Sabres on Bally Sports Ohio.