COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins finally flexed their offensive muscles. Wholesale Jerseys . And they needed every bit of scoring they could muster. Malkin had a hat trick and the Penguins almost blew a four-goal lead before holding off the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Monday night to clinch their first-round playoff series in six games. "Its more important that we win the game and (end) the series," Malkin said of the 10th time hes scored three times in a game in his career. "Going into the second round now, you feel so much better when you have confidence. I hope in the next round I can score more." Pittsburgh awaits the winner of the New York-Philadelphia series, with the Rangers leading 3-2 going into Tuesday nights Game 6. Its a good thing for the Penguins that Malkin -- scoreless in his past nine playoff games including the first five in the series -- finally found the net. The Blue Jackets, closer to making tee times than thinking about a Game 7, scored three times in a 4:52 span in the third period to turn up the pressure on the Penguins, an overwhelming favourite before the series got under way. "Were a proud group in here," forward Brandon Dubinsky said. "We didnt want to get embarrassed on home ice. If it was going to be our last game of the season, we didnt want to have any quit. We didnt have any quit in this locker room all season. We just kept pushing and pushing." Brandon Sutter also scored before leaving with an injury and Matt Niskanen had two assists as the Penguins became the first team in the series to score first and win -- but barely. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves and made a couple of big stops after the game turned into a squeaker. "It was a good test," he said of the wild last few minutes. Coach Dan Bylsma said the toe-to-toe matchup heralded a new level of contentious play between the teams. "Weve got a rivalry going here with the Jackets," he said. "They gave us everything we could handle and it was a nice series for them. That was an extremely tough first-round opponent." Fedor Tyutin, Artem Anisimov and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus, Folignos redirect of a Tyutin shot cut the gap to a goal with 4:47 left. A crowd of 19,189 stood and roared the rest of the way as the Blue Jackets piled up scoring chances. The Penguins were hard pressed to fight off the aggressive Blue Jackets after goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who also had 24 saves, was pulled for an extra attacker with under 2 minutes left. Matt Calvert was wide with a potential tying shot with 3:30 left. Dubinskys shot with 35 seconds left was deflected by Fleury. Columbus had overcome a 3-0 deficit at home in Game 4, scoring on a Fleury gaffe in the final seconds of regulation before Foligno won it in the overtime. "After we got the third goal, anything could happen," coach Todd Richards said. "We had done it the last time we played in the building. My thought was it was going to happen." Up until the last few minutes, it was Malkins game. He hadnt scored in the first 332:52 of the series, then scored three times in a span of 26:11. "I could see it coming in the morning skate," teammate James Neal said. "His shot was going into the back of the net." The Blue Jackets, one of the NHLs youngest teams, looked hopeless until Tyutins shot from the right dot ended Fleurys shutout streak at 97:26 -- since the Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the first period of Game 5. But then Anisimov scored from the left point with 6:06 remaining to make it 4-2 and Foligno redirected a Tyutin shot to cut the lead to 4-3. "That was a big win," said Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, who went goal-less in the series. "Obviously we didnt want to make it as close as we did. But we found a way to win." Notes: The Penguins improved to 8-4 in Game 6s when up 3-2 in the playoffs. ... Columbus was without veteran forward (and Pittsburgh native) R.J. Umberger (shoulder). ... For the second game in a row, the Penguins didnt have D Brooks Orpik, sidelined with an undisclosed injury. ... Sutter was limping as he went to the dressing room in the second period. He did not return. Joe Vitale went knee-to-knee with a Blue Jacket early in the third and was in pain as he left the ice. NFL Jerseys China . But Jay Haas was brilliant for three rounds instead of one, proving yet again that nobody can dominate the Glen Oaks Country Club like he can. Cheap NFL Jerseys . The 38-year-old, a two-time All-Star, had been relegated to part-time duty and was batting .208 in 24 at-bats for the last-place Angels (6-14). EDMONTON -- It was a case of good news, and potentially very bad news for the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night. The good was that Brandon Whitaker was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring three touchdowns as Montreal defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 34-21. The bad was that they may have suffered a huge loss, as veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo was knocked out of the game in the third quarter on a crushing hit. With just seven seconds left in the third, most of the Alouettes players were on their knees offering up prayers as Calvillo looked to be badly injured following a massive hit by Marcus Howard after a fumble. Howard connected squarely with Calvillos left shoulder and knocking the future Hall of Famers head against the turf. Although he remained on the Montreal bench, Calvillio was clearly dazed. "That was the first time I have ever been completely knocked out," Calvillo said. "Ive had concussions before, but I have never been knocked out. That was a bit scary. "I remember fumbling the ball and getting hit but after that I dont remember anything until the trainers were talking to me. I guess I was completely out for about 20 seconds. Its way too early right now to determine if this will keep me out or not." Despite the injury to his star quarterback, Montreal head coach Marc Trestman had no problem with the play. "It was a clean hit from everything I could see," Trestman said. "He got blind-sided. Hes moving around. Hes talking. But he is certainly going to be questionable for next week as we make sure he is cleared by the doctors." The Alouettes improved to 7-5 and moved two points back of East-leading Winnipeg with just their second win in their last five outings. "Weve asked the team to continue to work and to stay focused and they played for each other tonight," Trestman said. "It was a great football game for us. We beat a very good football team tonight that was at full strength." Edmonton dropped to 7-5 and could fall out of a tie for first in the West if Calgary can defeat Hamilton on Sunday. "We were horrible," Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed said. "We did not execute and Montreal executed very well and we did not and Im very disappointed in myself right now. "I think in every phase of the game, Montreal out-executed us, and thats on me. Thats a lack of preparation, and I take full and sole responsibility for that." It was Edmontons third consecutive loss, something thatt does not sit well with quarterback Ricky Ray. Cheap Jerseys. . "Thats been the most frustrating part," he said. "We havent played well at home the last few weeks and thats where you should play well. This was another one of those situations where we didnt execute." Montreal led 4-1 after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 11-1 early in the second as Calvillo capped off a long drive with a 23-yard pass to Whitaker. Montreal scored a carbon copy touchdown four minutes later as a wide-open Whitaker reeled in another 23-yard touchdown pass from the veteran QB. Edmonton finally got close enough to the Montreal end to record a 41-yard Derek Schiavone field goal with three minutes remaining in the half before Edmonton got back into the game on a Jason Armstead 72-yard punt return TD with 22 seconds remaining to cut Montreals lead to 18-11. Edmonton had an impressive drive from its own four into Montreal territory in the third that included some impressive ground gains and two fumble recoveries, but only got a point out of it as Schiavone missed a 36-yard field goal. Montreal responded with a 42-yard Sean Whyte field goal to go up by eight. The Eskimos got to within one scoring play of the lead on a field goal with one minute left in the third to make it 21-15. Adrian McPherson came in to replace Calvillo to start the fourth and he drove the team downfield, culminating in a three-yard TD run by Whitaker for this third score. The Als added pair of field goals before Edmonton made the score look a little more respectable as Ray threw a short one-yard TD pass to Fred Stamps on the heels of a massive 74-yard passing play to Adarius Bowman. Both teams return to the field next Friday as the Alouettes travel to Winnipeg and the Eskimos are in B.C. to face the Lions. Notes: In their only previous meeting this season, Montreal beat Edmonton 27-4. Kicker Damon Duval had all of Edmontons points. Montreal won both games last season but Edmonton had won its home game against the Als the previous three seasons. ... In the previous meeting in Montreal, Edmonton rushed for minus-one yard ... The Alouettes came into the game having allowed only three 100-yard rushing games against, losing all three of those games. They had also allowed the fewest turnovers in the league at 17 ... Eskimos slotback Jason Barnes returned to the lineup, joining Stamps, Bowman and Marcus Henry to give Edmonton its starting four receivers for the first time since they were 4-0. ' ' '