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Fleury, 3-goal flurry lead Pens past Jackets 4-3

April 22, 2014

The Pittsbugh Penguins scored three goals in two minutes to overcome the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 and lead their NHL playoff series 2-1 on Monday.

The Minnesota Wild finally beat the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 to trail their series 2-1, the Chicago Blackhawks shut out the St. Louis Blues to get back into that series, and the Dallas Stars won their first home playoff game in six years in a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks, who lead 2-1 overall.

Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period as the Penguins stormed back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1.

Brooks Orpik added a goal in the final seconds of the second period, and Marc Andre-Fleury had 27 saves.

Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson staked the Blue Jackets to an early lead in the opening 3:18, with Cam Atkinson receiving credit for a goal early in the final period that stretched the lead to 3-1.

Game 4 is on Wednesday in Columbus.

At St. Paul, Minnesota, Mikael Granlund’s diving goal 5:08 into overtime allowed the Wild to edge Colorado.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 45 of 46 shots, a club playoff record for shots on goal by the Wild.

Granlund cut toward the net for a wrist shot, and as he was falling forward took a stab at the puck to finally put one past Varlamov.

Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves, but the Wild goalie in his first career playoff start was just as good as his counterpart.

Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 34 saves for his third career postseason shutout, at St. Louis expense.

Jonathan Toews scored in the first period and Marcus Kruger added an empty-netter as Chicago bounced back after a pair of overtime losses in St. Louis. Toews’ 21st postseason goal was only the second score by a Blackhawks forward in the series.

Ryan Miller shook off another slow start and made 23 saves for St. Louis.

Game 4 is on Wednesday.

Dallas was thankful to Kari Lehtonen making 37 saves for his first career postseason victory.

Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score late in the first period, and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal for the Stars. Top-seeded Anaheim won each of the first two games at home, both one-goal results.

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