NHL: Penguins drop preseason opener
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Rookie defenseman Ryan Murray scored 4:38 into overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on Sunday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Murray took a feed from R.J. Umberger and beat backup goalie Jeff Zatkott. Murray was the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft but missed the season with a shoulder injury.
Chuck Kobasew got Pittsburgh even 4-4 at 13:05 of the third period with a power-play goal — his second of the game. Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson scored 30 seconds apart earlier in the period to give Columbus a 4-3 lead.
Dustin Jeffrey’s power-play goal for Pittsburgh had made it 3-2 at 4:19.
Pittsburgh’s James Neal opened the scoring 47 seconds in.
Columbus’ Artem Anisimov and James Wisniewski had goals in the first period.
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed two goals on 12 shots, and Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves for the Blue Jackets in two periods of work.
PHOTO: Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Murray, right, celebrates his game-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammate James Wisniewski during the overtime period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday.