Columbus Blue Jackets\' Brett Ponich (81) tries to get around Pittsburgh Penguins\' Zach Sill (38) in the second period of the NHL pre-season hockey game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - 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.