NHL playoffs: Penguins vs. Blue Jackets Game 5

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday night.

Bryan Rust scored twice for Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel added his second of the playoffs and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 49 saves. The defending Stanley Cup champions will face the winner of the Toronto-Washington series in the conference semifinals starting next week.

William Karlsson and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, but Sergei Bobrovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots to finish a forgettable series.

Scott Wilson #23 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates
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Scott Wilson #23 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his third-period goal with Trevor Daley #6 while playing the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 5-2 to win the series.

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates
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Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his third period goal with teammates while playing the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 5-2 to win the series.

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20: Scott Wilson #23
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PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20: Scott Wilson #23 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his third period goal with teammates while playing the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 5-2 to win the series.

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Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates
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Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets with Ian Cole #28 to win Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky falls into
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Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky falls into the net after making a save on Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won 5-2, and took the series 4-1.

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates
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Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his third period goal in front Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 5-2 to win the series.

Pittsburgh Penguins fans celebrate after it was announced
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Pittsburgh Penguins fans celebrate after it was announced that right wing Bryan Rust scored on Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 3-0 in the second period of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won, 5-2, to win the series 4-1.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) shakes hands
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) shakes hands with Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) after a 5-2 Penguins win in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won the series.

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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan gives instructions to
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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan gives instructions to Justin Schultz (4) during the first period in Game 5 of the team's NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won 5-2, and took the series.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) sits in
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) sits in the goal crease after stoping a shot as the puck bounces loose in the crease, with Nick Bonino (13) and Ron Hainsey (65) defending against and Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson (34) and Matt Calvert (11) during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won 5-2, and the Blue Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs.

Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates
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Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 5-2 to win the series.

Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shakes
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Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shakes hands with David Savard #58 of the Columbus Blue Jackets after a 5-2 win in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson (34) has
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The Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson (34) has his shot blocked by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) in the first period of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins' Trevor Daley (6) checks the
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The Pittsburgh Penguins' Trevor Daley (6) checks the Columbus Blue Jackets' Lukas Sedlak (45) from behind in the first period of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson (34) in the first period of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a goal by right
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The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a goal by right wing Phil Kessel (81) on Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the first period of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' David Savard (58) hits
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The Columbus Blue Jackets' David Savard (58) hits the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) against the boards during the first period of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre-Fleury (29) stops a shot
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre-Fleury (29) stops a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets Matt Calvert (11) during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal with Patric Hornqvist (72) and Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck in front of Olli Maatta #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Oliver Bjorkstrand #28 of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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Oliver Bjorkstrand #28 of the Columbus Blue Jackets tries to get around Brian Dumoulin #8 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson (34) can't get
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson (34) can't get a shot to go in over Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocks a
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Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocks a shot during the first period in Game 5 of the team's NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Oliver Bjorkstrand #28 of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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Oliver Bjorkstrand #28 of the Columbus Blue Jackets blocks the puck off the stick of Brian Dumoulin #8 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

William Karlsson #25 of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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William Karlsson #25 of the Columbus Blue Jackets looks to get a shot off past Conor Sheary #43 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck in front of Trevor Daley #6 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck in front of Nick Bonino #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Josh Anderson #34 of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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Josh Anderson #34 of the Columbus Blue Jackets tries to get a shot off between Ron Hainsey #65 and Nick Bonino #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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