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Jokinen has go-ahead goal as Penguins move within game of advancing with win over Blue Jackets

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jokinen has go-ahead goal as Penguins move within game of advancing with win over Blue Jackets

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which has the upstart Blue Jackets on the verge of elimination with an opportunity to close out the series Monday during Game 6 in Columbus.

It hasn't been easy for the Penguins, a team considered by many a Stanley Cup contender. Columbus, which began the series searching for its first playoff win in franchise history, twice rallied to stun the heavily favoured Penguins.

Boone Jenner scored the lone goal for Columbus, which played its first Game 5 in franchise history.

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