Apr 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) is congratulated by defenseman Paul Martin (7) and center Evgeni Malkin (right) after Kunitz scored a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Penguins vs. Blue Jackets final score: Pittsburgh takes 3-2 series lead after 3-1 win

The Pittsburgh Penguins needed a win in Game 5 to get an upper hand on a surprisingly feisty Columbus Blue Jackets team that has given the Eastern Conference’s best team all they can handle and more. This is a series where no lead has been safe at any time in the game which is why fans couldn’t turn the game off until the final horn blew.

But unlike the last game, which ended in heartbreak for the Pens, Marc Andre-Fleury stayed in net when he was supposed to and as a result he walked away with the win for his team.

An empty net goal with under a minute left for the Penguins sealed the win and made sure that not only did they make amends for their ugly Game 4 loss, but they also made sure this game was the first to not end in a 4-3 final score. At least one team finished with three goals but it wasn’t a one goal difference like the other games we’ve seen.

Still, the series is far from over, even if the Pens are a game away from winning things. They may be the top seed in the East but the Blue Jackets are not going quietly.

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