The Pittsburgh Penguins (21-7-5) played the Columbus Blue Jackets (21-5-4) on Thursday night. Matt Murray would start for the Penguins. Sergei Bobrovsky would start for the Blue Jackets. Chad Ruhwedel, Trevor Daley, and Tom Kuhnhackl would be the scratches for the Penguins. Oliver Bjorkstrand, Dalton Prout, and Scott Harrington would be the scratches for the Blue Jackets.
Sidney Crosby would score at 2:39 of the 1st period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Ian Cole and Conor Sheary would have the assists. Ian Cole would get called for high sticking at 10:19. Cam Atkinson would score his 15th of the season on the powerplay at 13:01 to tie the game at 1. Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg would have the assists. The Penguins would have 10 shots to the Blue Jackets 6 in the 1st.
Scott Hartnell would get called for Elbowing at 2:44 of the 2nd. Steve Oleksy and Boone Jenner would each get 5 for fighting at 5:45. William Karlsson would score his 5th of the year at 10:15 to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead. Sam Gagner and Josh Anderson would get the assists. Scott Hartnell would score unassisted at 12:20 to make it 3-1.Scott Hartnell would get called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Steve Oleksy would get called for high sticking at 13:04. The Blue Jackets would have 12 shots to the Penguins 6 in the 2nd.
Scott Hartnell would score his 2nd of the game at 2:44 of the 3rd to make it 4-1. Sam Gagner and Jack Johnson would get the assists. Brandon Saad would score at 3:01 to make it 5-1. Alexander Wennberg would get the lone assist. Boone Jenner would score at 3:55 to make it 6-1. Brandon Dubinsky and Seth Jones would get the assists. Marc-Andre Fleury would replace Matt Murray in net. Steve Oleksy would get called for hooking at 4:21. Scott Hartnell would complete the hat trick at 6:24 to make it 7-1. Brandon Dubinsky and Brandon Saad would get the assists. Conor Sheary would get called for hooking at 7:13. Lukas Sedlak would get called for slashing at 8:23. Lucas Sedlak would get called for roughing at 11:51. Matt Calvert and Carl Hagelin would both get called for roughing at 18:57. The Penguins and Blue Jackets would have 10 shoots in the 3rd.
The Penguins would go 0 for 3 on the powerplay and kill 3 of 4 penalties. Matt Murray 17 saves on 23 shots. Marc-Andre Fleury would make 4 saves on 5 shots. Sidney Crosby would have a goal. Ian Cole and Conor Sheary would each have an assist. The Penguins. The Penguins play the New Jersey Devils (13-13-7) on Friday