NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Pittsburgh
(Friday, February 6th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Kris Letang scored a pair of goals to lead Pittsburgh over Columbus, 4-1, at Mellon Arena.
Sidney Crosby posted a goal and two assists while Petr Sykora also tallied for the Penguins, who have won two in a row after losing three straight.
"A good complete game there," Crosby said. "We got a couple good goals there, and for the most part our consistency was there. It was just a matter of putting the puck in the net."
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots to post his 18th win of the season.
Fedor Tyutin scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three games in a row. In his first start since being acquired off waivers from the Islanders, Wade Dubielewicz made 21 saves.
"We're not competing to score goals," Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "That's the major reason that we're not controlling the game in the offensive zone. We're not staying on that page; when you get away from that page, that's why we're not having success. We were on that page at the finish of the first period, and we got off it in the second. The game was over after the second period."
Letang broke a scoreless tie 5:33 into the second period, stashing home his own rebound from the left post on the power play.
Sykora's redirection of Brooks Orpik's centering pass made it 2-0 for the home team at 8:35, then Letang netted his second of the game on a wrister under the crossbar with 4:52 left for a three-goal bulge.
Columbus finally got on the board via the man advantage when Tyutin converted a pass from Kristian Huselius with 10:16 left in regulation, but the Jackets were held in check until Crosby hit the empty net with 33 seconds to play.
The clubs had not met since a 5-3 Penguins win on October 21, 2006...Pittsburgh has won two in a row over Columbus at home dating back to December, 2003...Dubielewicz played 49 minutes of a 7-3 loss to Dallas last Saturday.
02/07 02:04:41 ET