Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Game 3: Live Score and Highlights

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins' Lee Stempniak, left, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets' during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff hockey game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets 4-3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Jay LaPrete

The Pittsburgh Penguins used a three-goal barrage in the third period to score a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

With the victory, the Penguins opened up a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Blue Jackets.

Trailing 3-1 with just under 14 minutes to play, Pittsburgh got three goals in 2:13 from Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta to take the lead for good.

Columbus jumped to the early lead in the first period. Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson scored rebound goals less than two minutes apart to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead just over three minutes into the game.

The Blue Jackets carried that lead into the first intermission, despite being outshot 16-7 over the first 20 minutes.

Brooks Orpik got the Penguins on the board, ending the scoring drought with just 1.8 seconds remaining in the second period, cutting the Columbus lead in half heading into the third period.

The Blue Jackets got an early goal from Cam Atkinson, his first career playoff goal, to extend their lead back to two goals, but they were completely outplayed the rest of the way.

The Penguins outshot the Blue Jackets 15-5 over the course of the decisive third period, and 41-20 in the game.