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Murray scores late in OT to lift Jackets over Pens

Monday, 09.16.2013 / 7:20 AM

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Murray scores late in OT to lift Jackets over Pens
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 5
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Murray
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:06
James Wisniewski
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 5
+/-: 1TOI: 23:17
Curtis McElhinney
3rd
SA: 26TOI: 39:59
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .923

Top prospect Ryan Murray scored with 21.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-4, in the preseason opener for both teams Sunday at Nationwide Arena.

Murray, the second pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, missed most of the 2012-13 season because of a shoulder injury he sustained playing in the Western Hockey League last November. The defenseman played more than 23 minutes in the contest, and could begin the 2013-14 season with the Blue Jackets.

Recent addition Chuck Kobasew scored twice for the Penguins, including at 13:05 of the third period to knot the score at 4-4. Kobasew joined the Penguins for the start of training camp on a tryout contract, but there are potential openings among the bottom-six forwards in Pittsburgh.

James Neal welcomed Columbus to the Eastern Conference and the new Metropolitan Division with a goal 47 seconds into the first period. A pair of Columbus power-play goals wrapped around Kobasew's first of the evening made it a 2-2 game after 20 minutes. Artem Anisimov and James Wisniewski had the goals for the Blue Jackets.

Dustin Jeffrey, another forward fighting for a bottom-six slot with the Penguins, scored 4:19 into the third on the power play, but ex-Penguins forward Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson tallied 30 seconds apart to push Columbus into the lead.

Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Penguins and allowed two goals on 14 shots in two periods of work. Curtis McElhinney, signed in the offseason to likely backup Vezina Tropy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, also played for two periods and stopped 24 of 26 shots.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:47
PIT
James Neal (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Beau Bennett (1)
1 - 0 PIT
04:12
CBJ
PPG - Artem Anisimov (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Nikita Nikitin (1), Marian Gaborik (1)
1 - 1 Tie
10:50
PIT
Chuck Kobasew (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Kuhnhackl (1), Andrew Ebbett (1)
2 - 1 PIT
18:58
CBJ
PPG - James Wisniewski (1) Slapshot - ASST: David Savard (1), R.J. Umberger (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:19
PIT
PPG - Dustin Jeffrey (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brian Dumoulin (1), Andrew Ebbett (2)
3 - 2 PIT
07:35
CBJ
Mark Letestu (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Blake Comeau (1), Jack Skille (1)
3 - 3 Tie
08:05
CBJ
Cam Atkinson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: James Wisniewski (1)
4 - 3 CBJ
13:05
PIT
PPG - Chuck Kobasew (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Tom Kuhnhackl (2), Dustin Jeffrey (1)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
04:38
CBJ
Ryan Murray (1) Wrist shot - ASST: R.J. Umberger (2), Mark Letestu (1)
5 - 4 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
02:26
PIT
Joe Vitale  Hooking  - 2 min against  James Wisniewski
08:45
CBJ
Nikita Nikitin  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Tom Kuhnhackl
16:53
PIT
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond  Boarding  - 2 min against  Ryan Murray
17:32
PIT
Tanner Glass  Slashing  - 2 min against  Cam Atkinson
19:48
CBJ
Ilari Melart  Hooking  - 2 min against  Beau Bennett
2nd Period
08:20
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Hooking  - 2 min against  Ilari Melart
11:51
CBJ
Marian Gaborik  Hooking  - 2 min against  James Neal
14:57
CBJ
Cody Goloubef  Roughing  - 2 min against  Joe Vitale
3rd Period
02:20
CBJ
Blake Comeau  Slashing  - 2 min against  Dustin Jeffrey
04:51
CBJ
Ilari Melart  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Adam Payerl
04:51
PIT
Adam Payerl  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Ilari Melart
08:44
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Closing hand on puck  - 2 min against  James Wisniewski
11:09
CBJ
Cody Goloubef  Interference  - 2 min against  Evgeni Malkin
16:14
PIT
Joe Vitale  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  James Wisniewski
16:14
CBJ
James Wisniewski  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Joe Vitale
18:06
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Slashing  - 2 min against  R.J. Umberger
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 12TOI: 40:00
GA: 2SV%: .833
Jeff Zatkoff
SA: 13TOI: 24:38
GA: 3SV%: .769
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 26TOI: 39:59
GA: 2SV%: .923
Oscar Dansk
SA: 11TOI: 24:37
GA: 2SV%: .818