COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus rookie Ryan Murray beat Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff from just below the left hash with 21.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory in the exhibition opener for both teams Sunday night at Nationwide Arena.
Chuck Kobasew, in camp on a pro tryout, scored twice for the Penguins, who also got goals from James Neal and Dustin Jeffrey.
Artem Anisimov, James Wisniewski, ex-Penguin Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson had the other Columbus goals.
Three Penguins apparently were injured in the game. Center Joe Vitale was feeling the effects of a punch he took in a late-game fight and was being observed. So was defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who absorbed a heavy check late in the second period.
Right winger Bobby Farnham seemed to hurt his right leg or ankle and was in a walking boot after the game.
Penalty-killing for Crosby?
Matt Cooke's departure for Minnesota in July left the Penguins with an opening for a primary penalty-killing forward, and Sunday, coach Dan Bylsma outlined a few strong possibilities for that role.
Center Sidney Crosby, who is slotted to remain a secondary penalty-killer, wasn't one of them.
"Sidney Crosby is going to play a role on our penalty-kill, will continue to play a role on our penalty-kill," Bylsma said. "It's not his major role on our team. He will be there."
Crosby's penalty-killing duties expanded slightly last season, when he went out at times to take a faceoff, play in the closing seconds or, occasionally, skate a shift when his team was short-handed.
"I've always tried to stay on top of it in case I go out there," said Crosby, who has attended meetings for penalty-killers throughout his pro career.
"It's something that I wouldn't mind. I've done it at different points for the last 30 seconds. I'm ready to go if I need to be out there or they want me out there.
"But our guys do a really good job and they take a lot of pride in it. I'm sure more guys will get an opportunity."
Crosby, who averaged 41 seconds of penalty-kill time per game last season, would like a shot at producing some short-handed points.
"Sometimes you get a tired group on the [opposing] power play and you can take advantage of it," he said. "You have to kill the penalty -- that's the first goal -- but there's some space out there."
Craig Adams led Penguins forwards with 2:39 of short-handed time per game last season, followed by Cooke (2:11), Pascal Dupuis (1:55), Brandon Sutter (1:53), Tanner Glass (1:17), Jussi Jokinen (0:43) and Crosby.
Bylsma noted that more forwards got short-handed work last season, and newcomers such as Sutter, Glass and Jokinen were introduced to the Penguins' penalty-killing.
Bylsma said those three can expect a bigger role when the team is short-handed, and indicated that Sutter is in line for increased responsibility.
"Brandon really grew into that role in the playoffs and did exceptional in that," he said. "We'll expect him to step into a bigger role."
There's every reason to believe defensemen Kris Letang and Rob Scuderi will play together this season.
But Bylsma suggested Scuderi won't be Letang's only partner, because limiting Letang to one would hold down his playing time.
"He probably is going to want to have a couple of different partners in the game, because he's going to want to play, and we want him to play upwards of 25-plus minutes," Bylsma said.
Crosby is scheduled to make his preseason debut tonight when Detroit visits Consol Energy Center.
The rest of the Penguins lineup is expected to look like this:
Goalies -- Tomas Vokoun, Eric Hartzell.
Defensemen -- Olli Maatta, Deryk Engelland, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Simon Despres, Letang.
Forwards -- Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Sutter, Matt D'Agostini, Chris Conner, Adams, Jokinen, Harry Zolmierczyk, Nick Drazenovic, Brian Gibbons, Jayson Megna.
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