|PIT||2||1||2||(0 - 0)||5|
|CBJ||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Chris Kunitz had a goal and assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored twice in the third period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in a preseason game Friday night.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby skipped the game after sitting out the third period against Detroit on Wednesday night because of a sore hip flexor. Evgeni Malkin also was out of the lineup.
Kunitz was credited with the goal after the puck caromed off two Blue Jackets players on the power play late in the second period.
Nick Johnson scored from between the circles on a power play for the winning goal at 8:13 of the third, and Mike Comrie made it 5-3 4 minutes later with a tap-in, finishing off a nice passing play.
Arron Asham and Mike Rupp also scored for Pittsburgh (2-0).
Pittsburgh's Brent Johnson allowed three goals on 21 shots, playing the first two periods. The Blue Jackets' Mathieu Garon went the distance and made 24 save.
The teams will meet again Saturday night in Pittsburgh.
|Arron Asham (1) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Goligoski (1)|
1 - 0 PIT
|PPG - Mike Rupp (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Chris Conner (1), Steve Wagner (1)|
2 - 0 PIT
|Tomas Kubalik (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Antoine Vermette (1), Kristian Huselius (1)|
2 - 1 PIT
|PPG - Tomas Kubalik (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Antoine Vermette (2), Kristian Huselius (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Kyle Wilson (1) Snap shot - ASST: NONE|
3 - 2 CBJ
|PPG - Chris Kunitz (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Letestu (1), Alex Goligoski (2)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Nick Johnson (1) Snap shot - ASST: Steve Wagner (2), Dustin Jeffrey (1)|
4 - 3 PIT
|Mike Comrie (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Mark Letestu (2), Chris Kunitz (1)|
5 - 3 PIT
|Tomas Kubalik (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Rostislav Klesla (1), Kristian Huselius (3)|
5 - 4 PIT
|Rostislav Klesla Hi stick - double minor - 4 min against Matt Cooke|
|Mike Commodore Hooking - 2 min against Mark Letestu|
|R.J. Umberger Tripping - 2 min against Chris Kunitz|
|Steve Wagner Tripping - 2 min against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Alex Goligoski Interference on goalkeeper - 2 min against Mathieu Garon|
|Cody Goloubef Hooking - 2 min against Steve Wagner|
|Mike Blunden Roughing - 2 min against Craig Adams|
|Craig Adams Roughing - 2 min against Mike Blunden|
|Ben Lovejoy Hooking - 2 min against Kristian Huselius|
|Matt Cooke Boarding - 2 min against Cody Goloubef|
|Chris Clark Holding - 2 min against Chris Conner|
|Chris Clark Tripping - 2 min against Alex Goligoski|
|Alex Goligoski Interference - 2 min against Chris Clark|
|Rostislav Klesla Tripping - 2 min against Nick Johnson|
|Mike Rupp Roughing - 2 min against Tom Sestito|
|Deryk Engelland Roughing - 2 min against Rostislav Klesla|
|Rostislav Klesla Roughing - 2 min against Deryk Engelland|
|R.J. Umberger Tripping - 2 min against Robert Bortuzzo|
|Chris Kunitz Slashing - 2 min against Mike Commodore|
|SA: 21||TOI: 40:00|
|GA: 3||SV%: .857|
|SA: 16||TOI: 20:00|
|GA: 1||SV%: .938|
|SA: 29||TOI: 58:33|
|GA: 5||SV%: .828|