Penguins Down Blue Jackets, Take 3-2 Series Lead

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Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins had 51 shots on goal en route to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday.

The Penguins now lead the best-of-seven first round playoff series 3-2.

“We competed hard,” Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. “We played desperate and really aggressive. That’s the game we have to play. It’s not always going to result in 50 shots, but it’s our style of play.”

Jussi Jokinen’s goal 6:16 into the third period broke a 1-1 tie and Kris Letang added a goal late as Pittsburgh is now one win away from clinching the series.

The game started out in the Blue Jackets favor. Boone Jenner scored his first goal of the series at the 7:05 mark of the first period to give Columbus the 1-0 lead. The Penguins tied the game in the second period when Chris Kunitz scored with 12:18 remaining in the second period.

Game 6 is Monday night in Columbus. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. Eastern.

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