Columbus falls apart in third

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins also have another P-word going for them: patience.

Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Penguins from yet another two-goal deficit in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

Now up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Penguins got off to a horrible start, but took charge in the final two periods.

A two-goal lead has been poison so far in the series. Columbus also blew a 3-1 lead in Game 1, then the Penguins returned the favor Saturday night. In each case the opponent scored the final three goals, the Blue Jackets taking their first playoff victory in double-overtime just 48 hours earlier in Pittsburgh. All three games have ended 4-3.

Down 2-0 early and then 3-1 in the third, the veteran Penguins scored on three consecutive shots.

Coach Dan Bylsma called a timeout after goals by Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson staked the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 lead 3:18 in before a raucous, overflow crowd of 19,148. The Penguins collected themselves and then collected another comeback win.

BLACKHAWKS 2, BLUES 0

CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his third career postseason shutout, and the Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the Blues.

Ryan Miller shook off another slow start and made 23 saves for St. Louis.

WILD 1, AVALANCHE 0, OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund's diving goal 5:08 into overtime allowed the Wild to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 45 of 46 shots, a franchise playoff record for shots on goal by the Wild.

STARS 3, DUCKS 0

DALLAS -- Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Stars won their first home playoff game in six years.

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