Columbus coach Todd Richards insists his upstart team isn't in the playoffs "just to go to school."

Maybe, but the Pittsburgh Penguins provided a pretty valuable lesson in perseverance during a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

Down two after 21 minutes of slow and sometimes sloppy hockey, the Metropolitan Division champions responded by scoring the final three goals, including Brandon Sutter's go-ahead wrist shot 8:18 into the third period.

"I think we expected a tight game," Sutter said after the third playoff goal of his career. "They got up and we stuck with it. It was a good win."

One that came with more than a few tense moments. Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh's two-goal deficit. Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame some shaky defense in front of him to stop 31 shots.

Game 2 is Saturday night.

"We have to learn from it but we found a way to win," Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby said. "Obviously we didn't start the way we wanted, getting down two goals. I think we have to clean up some things."

If not, a series expected to be a romp could turn into something else entirely.

Jack Johnson, Mark Letestu and Derek Mackenzie scored for the Blue Jackets, who remain in search of their first-ever playoff win. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 28 saves but was handcuffed by Sutter's knuckler at the end of a 2-on-1 break.

"I've seen Bob make that save a thousand times," Richards said. "It just got by him."

The Blue Jackets insisted they wouldn't be intimidated despite Pittsburgh's overwhelming edge in playoff experience and star power. The Penguins swept the five regular-season meetings between the teams, but Columbus surged after the Olympic break, rising to the seventh seed in the East while the injury-riddled Penguins coasted to a division title.

If the NHL's youngest team was scared by the stage, it hardly showed. Johnson gave the Blue Jackets their first-ever postseason lead 6:20 into the game. He charged to the front of the net, got a feed from Brandon Dubinsky and beat Fleury.

Canadiens 5, Lightning 4: Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give Montreal a victory over Tampa Bay in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series.

Daniel Briere fed a pass to Weise from behind the net to set up the winner against Anders Lindback, who stopped 39 of 44 shots while filling in for injured goaltender Ben Bishop. Carey Price stopped 21 shots for the Canadiens, who blew a pair of third-period leads. Brian Gionta had a short-handed goal and Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller and Thomas Vanek also scored for Montreal.

Ducks 4, Stars 3: Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and Anaheim opened the postseason with a victory over Dallas. Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Getzlaf and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks, who began their playoff run on a dead sprint. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008. Captain Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour had power-play goals, and Tyler Seguin scored with 6:07 left to trim the Ducks' lead to one. Anaheim hung on with a handful of big saves from Andersen, a 24-year-old Danish rookie.

Jets: Winnipeg confirmed Paul Maurice as its new head coach for the next four years. Maurice took the Jets to an 18-12-5 record over 35 games after Claude Noel was fired.