PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins' coach Ed Olczyk delivered a message,
and Tomas Surovy got it.
A healthy scratch the previous two games, Surovy had the first two-goal game
of his young NHL career Saturday night to lead the Penguins past the Columbus
Blue Jackets 5-3.
"He told me I had to play with the same intensity I did when I first got
called up from the minors," said the 22-year-old Surovy, who tied it midway
through the second period and added a power-play goal in the third.
"This was a big win for us, and I hope I get some more chances."
Surovy's linemate Aleksey Morozov added a career-high three assists as
Pittsburgh scored a season-high five goals and won consecutive home games for
the first time. The victory came in the Penguins' first game after completing a
winless five-game road trip Friday.
The Blue Jackets, who allowed three one-goal leads to slip away, are the
only NHL team without a road win this season. The Blue Jackets are winless in
14 road games dating to last season (0-12-1-1).
"It's tough, because every time we go on the road we think we're going to
get the monkey off our backs and we have disappointing efforts," Columbus
forward Rick Nash said. "When you don't come ready to play, it's
"We have no one to blame but ourselves."
Brian Holzinger's fourth goal at 15:28 of the second period completed a
give-and-go with Morozov and put Pittsburgh ahead 4-3. Surovy's third goal of
the season at 13:02 of the third period, his first on the power play, came off
a deflection of Ryan Malone's shot from the right point.
"He knows how to find the puck around the net," Morozov said of Surovy,
"and he can score a lot of goals for us."
The Pittsburgh power play, last in the NHL for much of the early season, is
8-for-25 the last five games.
"The power play is something that has really brought confidence to our club
right now," Olczyk said. "We've talked about it a lot, and the guys have
Trevor Letowski's fourth goal gave Columbus a 3-2 lead at 5:35 of the second
period when he deflected Nash's shot past goaltender Sebastien Caron.
But Blue Jackets' coach Doug MacLean pointed to Matt Murley's first NHL
goal, which forged a 2-2 tie for Pittsburgh with 44 seconds to play in the
first period, as a turning point. Murley's centering pass bounced off
defenseman Derrick Walser's skate and past Fred Brathwaite.
"A bad goal at the end of the first period, where we have total control and
we give it away, and a bad penalty with eight minutes left of a one-goal
game," he said. "We gave up nine scoring chances in the game and we lose, and
it doesn't make sense."
Walser scored his first goal of the season at 5:21 of the first period on
the power play when he converted the rebound of Andrew Cassels' shot, and
Pittsburgh's Dick Tarnstrom tied it with a backhander from the slot at 9:16 on
the power play.
Nikolai Zherdev's second goal in five games restored the Blue Jackets' lead
at 14:34 before Murley tied it.