Marc-Andre Fleury made 49 saves and Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday night.
Jameson Taillon did not allow an earned run in seven masterful innings, the Pirates scratched out three runs in the seventh and Adam Frazier followed with a three-run homer in the eighth to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-1 win and a three-game sweep of the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
The Pirates scored six times in the final two innings to rally from a 1-0 deficit. The barrage was capped off by a three-run homer by Adam Frazier in the 8th inning.
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When the Penguins hired Jim Rutherford as their general manager in 2014, it seemed like a temporary move. The former Carolina Hurricanes GM would spend his two years in Pittsburgh, and then hand the keys to Jason Botterill; the man whom several people thought deserved the job in the first place.
The Pittsburgh Pirates ended the 2016 season falling short of the postseason and the higher expectations that recent success had created for the organization. With a record of 78-83 last year, the Pirates were 25 games behind the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.