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Blue Jackets Fall in Overtime to the Penguins in Pittsburgh 4-3

After rallying for two goals in the third to tie the game, the Columbus Blue Jackets lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the steel city 4-3.

Phil Kessel scored his 17th goal of the season at 3:45 into overtime on a power play goal to seal the win for the Pens, who avenge an earlier 7-1 defeat by the Blue Jackets earlier this season.

Down 3-1 entering the third, Alexander Wennberg and Cam Atkinson each scored goals for the Jackets to tie the game at three and eventually send the game into the overtime.

Pittsburgh took a 3-1 lead thanks to two goals in the first period, and then after Brandon Dubinsky scored his 6th in the second to make it 2-1, the Pens went up by two at the 18:23 mark when Nick Bonino scored his 8th goal of the year.

Sergei Bobrovsky took the loss in net for Columbus to drop to 28-10 on the season. He stopped 29 of 33 Penguins shots on the night.

Columbus was outshot on the night 33-31 by Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jackets with the loss drop to 33-12-5 on the season, second place behind Washington in the Metropolitan Division, good for 71 points, two ahead of the Pens.

The Jackets are back on the ice Saturday night at Nationwide Arena as they host the New Jersey Devils.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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