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Final at Game 5: Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 2

| Thursday, April 20, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist celebrate with Phil Kessel after Kessel's goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period  Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist celebrate with Phil Kessel after Kessel's goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist celebrates Phil Kessel's goal agains the Blue Jackets in the first period  Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist celebrates Phil Kessel's goal agains the Blue Jackets in the first period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) blocks the puck from entering the goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) blocks the puck from entering the goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Patric Hornqvist of the Pittsburgh Penguins is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a power play goal during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 18, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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Patric Hornqvist of the Pittsburgh Penguins is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a power play goal during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 18, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Penguins' Phil Kessel celebrates his goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Phil Kessel celebrates his goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara (65) clears the puck from the front of the goal against the Penguins in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara (65) clears the puck from the front of the goal against the Penguins in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins center Nick Bonino (13) falls on a loose puck in front of the goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins center Nick Bonino (13) falls on a loose puck in front of the goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) blocks a shot on goal from Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) blocks a shot on goal from Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) watches a deflected shot on goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) watches a deflected shot on goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins right wing Phil Kessel takes a shot against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins right wing Phil Kessel takes a shot against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist watches as Phil Kessel's shot beat Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky in the first period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist watches as Phil Kessel's shot beat Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky in the first period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins' Bryan Rust celebrates his second goal against  the Blue Jackets with the bench in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Bryan Rust celebrates his second goal against the Blue Jackets with the bench in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins center Nick Bonino (13) falls on a loose puck in front of the goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins center Nick Bonino (13) falls on a loose puck in front of the goal against the Blue Jackets in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) fends off Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner (89) in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) fends off Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner (89) in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Blue Jackets defenseman Kyle Quincey (26) hangs onto the arm of Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Blue Jackets defenseman Kyle Quincey (26) hangs onto the arm of Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) in the first period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) hangs on the net after a goal by the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) hangs on the net after a goal by the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
The Blue Jackets' William Karlsson beats Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleruy in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Blue Jackets' William Karlsson beats Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleruy in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) is knocked to the ice by Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) in front of the goal in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) is knocked to the ice by Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) in front of the goal in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) fights to keep the puck during a check from Blue Jackets defenseman Kyle Quincey (26) in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) fights to keep the puck during a check from Blue Jackets defenseman Kyle Quincey (26) in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist tries to put a rebound past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in the second period of Game 5 in the first round Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist tries to put a rebound past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in the second period of Game 5 in the first round Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) celebrates a goal against the Penguins in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) celebrates a goal against the Penguins in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinksy (17) tries to keep his balance and celebrate a goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinksy (17) tries to keep his balance and celebrate a goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot on goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot on goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
The Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner knocks the puck out of the air and past Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner knocks the puck out of the air and past Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) tries to put back a shot on goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) tries to put back a shot on goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins' Bryan Rust celebrates his second goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period  Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Bryan Rust celebrates his second goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) shoves away Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) shoves away Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey (65) talks to Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) after a Blue Jackets goal in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey (65) talks to Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) after a Blue Jackets goal in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot on goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot on goal against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) tries to knock away the puck from the ice against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) tries to knock away the puck from the ice against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) scores a goal against the Penguins in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) scores a goal against the Penguins in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save off his mask against  the Blue Jackets' Matt Calvert in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save off his mask against the Blue Jackets' Matt Calvert in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
The Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner celebrates his goal against the Penguins in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner celebrates his goal against the Penguins in the second period Thursday, April 20, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) controls the puck against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) controls the puck against the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) scores past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) scores past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Players stack in front of the goal during play between the Penguins and the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Players stack in front of the goal during play between the Penguins and the Blue Jackets in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) dives to knock away a puck against the Penguins in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
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Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) dives to knock away a puck against the Penguins in the second period of Game 5 in the first round of NHL playoffs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.

Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal in signature style. Scott Wilson followed with a sneaky, fortuitous finish less than a minute later. So went the Penguins' critical push to close out their first-round series with Columbus in Game 5 on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena.

Goals by Crosby and Wilson with around 14 minutes left in regulation gave the Penguins a 5-2 lead over the Blue Jackets, who needed a win to avoid elimination.

Marc-Andre Fleury's save total finall stopped at 49 after he turned away all 19 in the third period. The veteran netminder set his career high for saves in Game 5 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final, when he made 55 stops in a triple-overtime win against Detroit.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan bumped Patric Hornqvist up to Crosby's line and knocked out Conor Sheary to open the third period after possession efforts have suffered with Sheary on the ice during five-on-five play. The Penguins' best form of defense often consists of hanging onto the puck and sustaining pressure in the offensive zone.

Less than five minutes into the final period, during a power play, Hornqvist went down hard and struggled to get up after he went head-first into the goal post as the recipient of a shove from Blue Jackets defenseman defenseman David Savard.

SECOND PERIOD

Just as the Penguins' first few performances in their opening-round series with Columbus proved less dominant than their three-game lead suggested, so did their play that generated a three-goal lead in Game 5.

The Blue Jackets, in need of a win to stave off elimination, put together one of their stronger stretches of hockey in the series to cut the Penguins' lead to 3-2 with just minutes left in the middle period.

William Karlsson, one of Columbus' most productive contributors in the series, got the Blue Jackets on the board when he buried a backhand midway through the second period from a bad angle after Marc-Andre Fleury struggled to handle the high offering.

Another puck dramatically found its way into the Penguins' net a few minutes later after Fleury got only a piece of a point-blank shot from Seth Jones, who skated into the slot uncovered for his chance. Boone Jenner swatted the rebound out of the air to earn credit for the goal.

Before Columbus found the back of the net, Playoff Phil Kessel has poked his head out and forecast a bright immediate future for the Penguins.

Kessel and Big-Game Bryan Rust, who wants nothing to do with that nickname, combined to put the Penguins up by two goals a minute into the middle period. Rust then struck again on a follow-up of his own shot less than three minutes later to increase his goal total for the postseason to four.

Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, given a vote of confidence by coach John Tortorella earlier in the day, continues to significantly shape this series — just not in the way most expected.

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