Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for the Blue Jackets, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first and Jake Guentzel scored in the second. His status for Tuesday's game is unknown.
The Blue Jackets have a bright future as well with Zach Werenski, 19, Seth Jones, 22, and other emerging talents. Atkinson scored his first goal 11 seconds into the game when he took a rebound off a shot from the left circle from Brandon Dubinsky and deposited the puck in the net.
Bryan Rust enjoyed the reward for the Penguins' efforts, scoring on a deflection from in tight at 5:21 to make it 3-2.
Werenski left the game for medical treatment but later returned, only to sit out the overtime because severe swelling prevented him from seeing out of his right eye.
Despite a 3-1 lead heading into the second period, the Blue Jackets were outscored 4-1 in the final two periods.
Pittsburgh answered three minutes later. If we keep playing like we've been playing, Bobrovsky shouldn't be a problem anymore.
Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, left, of Russian Federation, makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist, bottom right, of Sweden, as Nick Bonino, top right, and Jack Johnson fight for position during the first perio.
Jake Allen is doing his best to prove his coach wrong.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are facing elimination on Tuesday night at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are up 3-0 in their first-round series.
The Blue Jackets scored the first goal for the second straight game.
Just as the series between these teams in 2014, there has been a noticeable amount of animosity, mostly coming out of the Blue Jackets side. Mike Sullivan said as a group, as a whole, they have to be better.
But we should know by now, hockey fans, that goals are ultimately what wins games.
Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, which got 28 saves from Devan Dubnyk. With Montreal on a slow line change, Jimmy Vesey took a pass at the blue line and sent Nash in alone for a flawless shot in off the far post.
Oh, he's a hockey player alright.
"It doesn't matter how well the goalie played, we have to get to him", Pavelski said.
"We did enough to get the win", Edmundson said, "and hopefully we can elevate our game a couple more notches in St. Louis".
On Sunday, the Blues scored just 3:25 into the first period when Parayko beat Dubnyk high with a shot from the high slot after a nice pass from Patrik Berglund.
The general consensus among those who spoke on the better-start issue was that they expected the Blue Jackets to get a boost from their home crowd.
San Jose is just 1 for 14 on the power play this series and has scored on just three of 83 shots.
NEW YORK - Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal over New York, giving the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. But they could not manage to hold the lead, allowing the Penguins to go up 4-3 in the third.