Although it was not nearly as pretty as the previous day's game against Tampa Bay, the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to take care of business and down the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon.
Making his first career NHL start, goalie Brad Thiessen made 21 saves on 23 shots and picked the win while being named first star of the game.
With the score tied 1-1 after two periods, the Penguins would take the lead on a Pascal Dupuis goal at the 5:50 mark of the third.
The Penguins appeared to have increased the lead to 3-1 on a Kris Letang power play goal at the 9:22 mark but was disallowed on controversial goalie interference call. Letang would get his goal moments later as he blistered another shot past Curtis Sanford.
WIth 5:03 to play, Joe Vitale would add his fourth goal of the season with assists from Eric Tangradi and Matt Cooke.
Just 10 seconds later, Columbus would cut the deficit to 4-2 with a Vinny Prospal goal, but they would not get closer the rest of the way.
In his first start with his new team, Columbus' Jack Johnson blocked three shots, recorded one shot on goal, and was a -1 in 23:29 of ice time.