The Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-0 first period lead but couldn’t hold on as the Columbus Blue Jackets drew even in the series on Nick Foligno‘s overtime game winner.
By the 12 minute mark of the opening period the Penguins looked like they were going to run away and hide, with a shorthanded goal by Craig Adams, a power play marker by Chris Kunitz and then an even strength tally by James Neal pacing them.
But, as this series has shown, no lead is safe and when the Blue Jackets got on the board late in the first on a point shot that went off Boone Jenner and over Marc-Andre Fleury into the net, there wasn’t cause for alarm…yet.
The Blue Jackets dominate the second period, putting 18 shots on Fleury, and they got one more back with Ryan Johansen‘s power play marker with over 5 minutes left.
The Penguins held on for most of the third, until a misplay behind the Penguins net led to a Fleury turnover and Johansen threw the puck out to Brandon Dubinsky who buried it to tie the game with 24 seconds left.
Foligno’s wrist shot on the rush from about 10 feet inside the blue line dipped on the way to the net and got past Fleury for the game winner, and a 2-2 series tie heading back to Pittsburgh for game 5 Saturday night.