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Penguins top Blue Jackets to take 3-2 series lead

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Jussi Jokinen (36) gets his stick on the loose puck and pokes it in for a goal past Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Nikita Nikitin (6) in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 3-1.

      Pittsburgh Penguins' Jussi Jokinen (36) gets his stick on the loose puck and pokes it in for a goal past Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Nikita Nikitin (6) in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 3-1.
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PITTSBURGH -- Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which has the upstart Blue Jackets on the verge of elimination with an opportunity to close out the series Monday during Game 6 in Columbus.

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It hasn't been easy for the Penguins, a team considered by many a Stanley Cup contender. Columbus, which began the series searching for its first playoff win in franchise history, twice rallied to stun the heavily favored Penguins.

Boone Jenner scored the lone goal for Columbus, which played its first Game 5 in franchise history.

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