The Pittsburgh Penguins win a huge game over rival Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Tuesday evening, moving them into the number one slot in the Wild Card Standings.
Pittsburgh got off to a hot start with two goals in the first and followed that up with one in the second to lead 3-2 going into the final period. The Pens blanked the Blue Jackets by 2 in the third to take the victory running away.
Matt Murray had 21 saves on 23 attempts for 91.3% and the win. Jared McCann scored two goals to lead the way for the Penguins.
The game featured plenty of hard hits and fisticuffs as the Blue Jackets had three power plays versus the Penguins’ two.
Pittsburgh had 27 shots on goal versus the Blue Jackets’ 23 while the Blue Jackets had 24 hits to the Penguins’ 12.
Soon after this game ended Montreal beat Detroit 8-1 to move into the first wild-card spot, leaving Pittsburgh in the final spot for the playoffs a mere one point ahead of their rival Columbus.
Pittsburgh travels to Buffalo on March 1st and Columbus will host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.