Marc-Andre Fleury made 49 saves and Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday night.
Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on Tuesday, avoiding a sweep in the best-of-seven playoff series.
Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who were able to outlast the Penguins when they pushed back hard in the second and third periods and then got a short-handed goal fr
Dexter Fowler tripled and scored, Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Tuesday night after Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended 80 games for a banned substance earlier in the day.
Seung Hwan Oh allowed three hits in the ninth but escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam for his second save.
Jameson Taillon did not allow an earned run in seven masterful innings, the Pirates scratched out three runs in the seventh and Adam Frazier followed with a three-run homer in the eighth to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-1 win and a three-game sweep of the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
The Pirates scored six times in the final two innings to rally from a 1-0 deficit. The barrage was capped off by a three-run homer by Adam Frazier in the 8th inning.
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