Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston, upper left, sets up a power play with assistant Rick Tocchet in the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gene J. Puskar
September 27, 2014
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston, upper left, sets up a power play with assistant Rick Tocchet in the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gene J. Puskar

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kasperi Kapanen and Andrew Ebbett scored in the first period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Saturday in an exhibition game.

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby was expected to make his preseason debut, but skipped the game because of the death of his grandmother.

Kapanen roofed a shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on a power play at 5:52, and Andrew Ebbett scored 5:52 later. Marc-Andre Fleury has 18 saves for Pittsburgh (2-2-0).

Former Penguins forward Brian Gibbons scored for Columbus (4-1-0) early in the third.

Bobrovsky finished with 29 saves.

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