Ice Hockey - Penguins edge ahead in play-off against Columbus

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 to take a 2-1 edge in their first-round play-off series.

Ice Hockey - Penguins edge ahead in play-off against Columbus

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) and left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) celebrate the go ahead goal during the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets (Reuters)

Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 3

Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and defenseman Olli Maatta all scored within a two minute, 13 second spell in the third period in the Pens' win.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik also scored for the Penguins, who came back from a 3-1 deficit for the second time in the series.

The Blue Jackets won the franchise's first play-off game on Saturday in Pittsburgh and seemed in line for their second until the third period.

Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves while Jack Johnson scored his third goal of the series.

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Wild 1, Avalanche 0 (overtime)

Center Mikael Granlund scored 5:08 into overtime as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche to record their first win of their play-off series after two losses in Denver.

Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper had a 22-save shutout for the Wild, who dominated throughout the game but could not get a shot past Semyon Varlamov until the extra session.

Varlamov made 45 saves for the Avalanche and faced 22 shots in the first period alone, a Minnesota franchise play-off record.

Game Four is in Minnesota on Thursday.

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Stars 3, Ducks 0

Captain Jamie Benn, rookie Valeri Nichushkin and center Ryan Garbutt all scored goals as Dallas returned home and shook off two straight play-off losses in their first-round series with Anaheim.

Dallas cut Anaheim's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series with Game Four set for Wednesday.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots he faced for his first career play-off shutout and victory. Lehtonen was 0-4-0 in his short play-off career heading into Game Three.

Anaheim was down to five healthy defensemen early in the second period after veteran Stephane Robidas was upended in front of the Dallas goal by Garbutt 42 seconds into the period.

He suffered a leg injury and did not return.

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Blackhawks 2, Blues 0

After losing the first two games of a first-round Western Conference play-off series against the St Louis Blues, a return to home ice was the winning formula for the Chicago Blackhawks.

An early goal from center and team captain Jonathan Toews, coupled with an empty-net insurance score with 20 seconds left by center Marcus Kruger, helped Chicago cut their series deficit to 2-1.

Game Four is also in Chicago on Wednesday.

Toews missed the last two weeks of the regular season with an upper-body injury, and had been relatively quiet upon his return for the first two games of the first round.

Corey Crawford stopped 34 shots in the shutout as the Blackhawks came alive.

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