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NHL Playoffs: Blue Jackets even series with OT win over Penguins

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Winger Nick Foligno scored at 2:49 of overtime to send the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, tying their first-round series at two games apiece on Wednesday.

Game 5 will be played Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Foligno came with speed through the left circle and beat Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with a hard wrist shot. The goal came just seconds after Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger laid down to block a shot, starting the rush the other direction.

The Penguins did all of their scoring in the first 11 minutes of the game, taking a 3-0 lead, then tried to hang on the rest of the way, but the Blue Jackets chipped away and eventually got the equalizer in the final minute.

The Blue Jackets rode the wave of momentum in the second period, outshooting the Penguins 18-6 in the period.

They finally got the equalizer in the final minute.

Fleury left his net to play the puck below the goal line, then watched the puck skip over his stick and go right to center Ryan Johansen.

Johansen’s pass went through a wave of Penguins before center Brandon Dubinsky scored to make it 3-3 into the net with 23.2 seconds remaining, just as Fleury dived toward his net.

Wingers Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Craig Adams scored for the Penguins, while defenseman Paul Martin had two assists.

Johansen and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets.

The Penguins seemed poised to blow the Blue Jackets right out of the series in the first period, scoring a short-handed, even-strength and power-play goal in a blitzkrieg that lasted 5:01.

Adams scored to make it 1-0 on a short-handed rush from the right circle, a sequence that started in the Penguins’ zone with a turnover by Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisneiwski.

The Penguins pushed the lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal at 10:37 of the first. Kunitz scored his first of the series by redirecting a point shot by defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Only 33 seconds later, it was 3-0 Penguins. Neal scored from the doorstep off a feed from winger Jussi Jokinen.

The Blue Jackets stopped the bleeding late in the first period when Jenner potted his second goal of the series, a power play redirection of a shot by center Mark Letestu.

After Jenner’s goal, the play began to tilt sharply in favor of the Blue Jackets, and the Penguins could only slow them by taking penalties.

It was a flurry of whistles in the second period — including a two-minute 5-on-3 for Columbus at 13:36 — that led to the goal that made it 3-2.

At 14:20 of the second, Johansen buried a puck that had gotten behind Fleury after a center pass by Dubinsky.

Stars 4, Ducks 2

Vernon Fiddler recorded a goal and an assist as host Dallas overcame an early two-goal deficit to even its Western Conference first-round series at two games apiece.

Captain Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin and defenseman Alex Goligoski also scored for the Stars, who travel to Anaheim for a pivotal Game 5 on Friday. Shawn Horcoff notched a pair of assists and Kari Lehtonen turned aside 21 shots.

Blue-liner Bryan Allen and Patrick Maroon tallied as the Ducks played without healthy scratch Teemu Selanne and captain Ryan Getzlaf, who sat out with an upper-body injury. Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 25 shots before being replaced by Jonas Hiller, who made one save.

Despite being without two potent offensive players, Anaheim carried a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Allen scored on a blast from the blue line 12:17 into the contest before Maroon was credited with his first career playoff goal when Mathieu Perreault’s shot from the high slot deflected off him and past Lehtonen with 1:44 left in the first period.

Late Tuesday

Sharks 4, Kings 3 (OT)

Patrick Marleau scored at 6:20 of overtime as visiting San Jose took a commanding 3-0 lead in its Western Conference first-round series.

A bouncing puck made its way to Marleau, whose backhander from the left faceoff circle deflected off Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s stick and past Jonathan Quick for the winning goal. Brent Burns, Matt Nieto and fellow rookie Tomas Hertl also tallied, Marleau added an assist and Antti Niemi made 28 saves for the Sharks, who became the first road team to notch a victory in the last 10 playoff games between the Pacific Division rivals.

Jarret Stoll, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter scored for Los Angeles, which looks to stave off elimination when it hosts Game 4 today. Defenseman Drew Doughty notched a pair of assists and Quick turned aside 36 shots.

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