Kessel’s pair pushes back Jackets, 4-3 in OT

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Phil Kessel celebrates his first-period goal. — MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Score Round 2 of this growing rivalry as a victory for the Penguins.

They wasted a two-goal, third-period lead on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena, but Phil Kessel's second goal of the game delivered a 4-3 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.

During a 4-on-3 power play, Kris Letang's blocked shot deflected to a wide-open Kessel in the slot, making Cam Atkinson pay for hooking Sidney Crosby on a breakaway. There was no penalty shot called, but the Penguins converted on the only man-advantage of the evening for either side:

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"It’s a big win," Kessel said. "We’re up 3-1 and you never want to let them tie the game, but we kept fighting.”