COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Penguins to even their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at two games each Wednesday night.
The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons — they are in the playoffs for the second time — sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday.
"Down 3-0, our backs were against the wall," said Columbus forward Ryan Johansen, who had a goal and an assist. "We kept plugging away. Foligno called his goal, too."
During the overtime intermission, defenseman James Wisniewski said Foligno told the team: "You guys mind if I go ahead and win this thing?"
Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz and James Neal scored in 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. But for the fourth time in this series, a team came from 3-1 down to win. This series is the first in which four consecutive games have been won by a team trailing by two or more goals, Elias Sports said.
Stars 4, Ducks 2: Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski scored on host Dallas' first two shots in the third period and the Stars evened the West series at two games each.
Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne, the team's top two playoff veterans, were scratched. Getzlaf (upper body) took a puck in the face in the series opener and played the previous two games with a half-cage to protect the stitches just below his mouth. Selanne, 43 and in his 21st and expected to be last season, was a healthy scratch for what he said was only the second time in his playoff career.
"I'm disappointed," said Selanne, who doesn't have a point since assisting on Matt Beleskey's winning tally in Game 1. "I want to play, but I can't really control it right now."
Blues-Blackhawks: St. Louis center David Backes was scratched for Game 4 due to an upper-body injury. Backes missed Game 3 after he absorbed a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period of the Blues' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday. Seabrook was suspended three games for charging.
Wild's Cooke gets 7-game ban: Left wing Matt Cooke was suspended for seven games for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3 on Monday.
The Avalanche lead the series two games to one, with Game 4 tonight, so Cooke will be out for at least the rest of the series. If the suspension is not fully served during the playoffs, the remaining games will be served at the beginning of next season.
Cooke was given a minor penalty for clipping Barrie, who tore his left MCL and is out for to six weeks.
Cooke had previously been suspended five times for a total of 20 regular-season games and seven playoff games and fined four other times. He had not been suspended since March 2011. He isn't considered a repeat offender under the collective bargaining agreement, but the league believes it can consider a player's history when determining punishment.
Sharks-Kings: After nearly a decade of annual playoff disappointments, the Sharks are one win from kicking off their latest postseason run with quite a statement.
Patrick Marleau's fourth career playoff overtime goal gave San Jose a 4-3 win in Game 3 late Tuesday and gave San Jose a 3-0 lead in the series. The Sharks have outskated, outhit and thoroughly outplayed the Kings; Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and the NHL's best defensive team have been shredded for 17 goals.
"Don't give us a passing grade yet, because we're still taking the test," coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday after the Sharks' mellow skate at Staples Center, where Game 4 is tonight.
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First—1, Pitts, Adams 1 (Sutter, Martin), 6:09 (sh). 2, Pitts, Kunitz 1 (Niskanen, Martin), 10:37 (pp). 3, Pitts, Neal 1 (Jokinen, Malkin), 11:10. 4, Clm, Jenner 2 (Letestu, Wisniewski), 16:39 (pp). Penalties—Jokinen, Pit (hook), 5:58; MacKenzie, Clm (rough), 10:33; Anisimov, Clm (hold), 13:50; Kunitz, Pit (diving), 14:48; Savard, Clm (slashing), 14:48; Neal, Pit (interference), 15:15.
Second—5, Clm, Johansen 2 (Anisimov, Dubinsky), 14:20 (pp). Penalties—Prout, Clm (high-stick), 8:42; Stempniak, Pit, double minor (high-stick), 11:53; Sutter, Pit (delay game), 13:36; Niskanen, Pit (trip), 18:00.
Third—6, Clm, Dubinsky 1 (Johansen, Johnson), 19:36. Penalties—Wisniewski, Clm (tripping), 10:14. First Overtime—7, Clm, Foligno 1 (Umberger, Wisniewski), 2:49. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Pitts 11-6-7-1—25. Clm 14-18-9-5—46. PP opportunities—Pitts 1 of 4; Clm 2 of 6. Goalies—Pitts, Fleury 2-2-0 (46 shots-42 saves). Clm, Bobrovsky 2-2-0 (25-22).
First—1, Ana, Allen 1 (Fowler, Cogliano), 12:17. 2, Ana, Maroon 1 (Perreault), 18:16. Penalties—Nichushkin, Dal (hooking), 6:39.
Second—3, Dal, Ja.Benn 3, :27. 4, Dal, Fiddler 1 (Horcoff, Jo.Benn), 6:33. Penalties—Connauton, Dal (tripping), 9:51; Fistric, Ana (interference), 13:40; Allen, Ana (cross-checking), 15:58.
Third—5, Dal, Eakin 1 (Roussel, Lehtonen), 6:22. 6, Dal, Goligoski 1 (Fiddler, Horcoff), 7:44. Penalties—Garbutt, Dal (high-stick), 11:32; Perry, Ana (board), 14:59; Perry, Ana, major (fight), 17:50; Maroon, Ana, misconduct, 17:50; Fiddler, Dal, misconduct, 17:50; Roussel, Dal, major (fight), 17:50; Palmieri, Ana, misconduct, 18:53; Daley, Dal, misconduct, 18:53; Allen, Ana (rough, cross-check), 20:00; Fistric, Ana (rough), 20:00; Jo.Benn, Dal (rough), 20:00; Garbutt, Dal (rough), 20:00. Shots on Goal—Ana 11-3-9—23. Dal 7-16-3—26. PP opportunities—Ana 0 of 3; Dal 0 of 3. Goalies—Ana, Andersen 2-2-0 (25 shots-21 saves), Hiller (7:44 third, 1-1). Dal, Lehtonen 2-2-0 (23-21).