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Jarry makes 17 saves, Penguins get OT shutout against Blue Jackets

Rust scores on power play at 3:02 for Pittsburgh, which has won four of five

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Rust buries OT winner

CBJ@PIT: Rust flips backhanded game-winning goal

Bryan Rust flips a one-touch backhanded shot that gets by Joonas Korpisalo and finds the back of the net for the game-winning goal in overtime

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PITTSBURGH -- Tristan Jarry made 17 saves for his third shutout in four starts, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won 1-0 in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

"The guys are doing a great job," Jarry said. "They're letting me see a lot of pucks so it makes my job easy. Just making sure I'm trying to do my best to get in front of it. ... It's fun. It's fun to play a lot. It's fun to win."

Bryan Rust scored with a backhand that went five-hole at 3:02 of overtime. 

 

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Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin did not play (undisclosed illness).

Jarry had his fifth NHL shutout for the Penguins (18-10-4), who have won four of their past five games. Jarry had a shutout streak of 177:14, a Pittsburgh record, until allowing a goal at 12:24 of the second period in a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

"[Jarry] didn't get a lot of shots, but he got some high-quality chances that he had to make big saves on," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I do think that's an indication of his mental toughness, or his focus, or his stick-to-itiveness, or however you want to describe it. That's an important aspect of being a goaltender."

Video: CBJ@PIT: Jarry makes great sae to deny Bjorkstrand

Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves for Columbus (12-14-5), which is 2-5-1 in the past eight games. It ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Monday. 

"You've got to be ready for it at all times," Korpisalo said. "I don't think we were there for the first two periods. We played, I think, pretty good in the last period, so you know you have to make some big saves there and help the team as good as you can. Try to get points and help your guys out."

Pierre-Luc Dubois had a chance to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead when he went on a breakaway at 4:10 of the third period. He skated between Penguins forwards Brandon Tanev and Teddy Blueger before Jarry stopped his backhand shot with a pad save.

Blueger had a breakaway at 10:40 of the third, but Korpisalo made a toe save on his wrist shot.

The Penguins played without center Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery) and Malkin in the same game for the first time since April 9, 2017. They were held out of a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers to rest for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"[Pittsburgh] just worked," Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno said. "I think they knew they were banged up. They just worked extremely hard. Early on, we did not match that intensity at all. It's unacceptable on our part. ... We need to make sure that's not the case again where we're getting outworked by a team that knows its back is against the wall with just the situation they're in."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Rust wins it for Pens

 

They said it

"I don't have any words to describe [Columbus' performance]. I don't know what to tell you guys. I hope you asked [the players] the questions. ... You got enough information from them? You don't need me. I hope they answered you honestly." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella

"I don't know if [fate] hates us. It's definitely testing us. We've done a pretty good job of rising to the occasion." -- Penguins forward Bryan Rust on winning despite injuries

Video: Jarry earns Thursday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

 

Need to know

The Blue Jackets did not score on their one power play. They are 0-for-14 with the man-advantage in their past four games. … Defenseman Seth Jones played his 300th game with the Blue Jackets. ... Penguins forward Jake Guentzel, who had an assist on Rust's goal, moved to first-line center with Malkin out. He had primarily played left wing on that line through the first 31 games this season. ... Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson played 22:23 in his 900th NHL game. ... The Penguins have won nine straight home games against the Blue Jackets since a 2-1 loss on Nov. 13, 2015. ... Jarry became the second goalie in Penguins history to have three shutouts in four games. Marc-Andre Fleury did it in a four-game span from Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2014. ... Columbus' 17 shots were its fewest this season. It had 19 in a 1-0 win against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 25. ... The Blue Jackets have scored fewer than three goals in seven of their past nine games. ... Jarry's five shutouts have come in 42 NHL games. He is the second fastest to that mark in Penguins history, behind Les Binkley (39 games). 

 

What's next

Blue Jackets: At the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Penguins: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, FS-W, NHL.TV)

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