Sergei Bobrovsky had 27 saves to help the Blue Jackets get their first playoff win in three years and their first-ever in regulation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Columbus Blue Jackets and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Zach Werenski made it 3-1, and it felt like the Jackets were going to run away with it. "I want them to be able to put that on and just jam with it so they can feel good about themselves, then we'll decide how we approach the rest of the series from there".
Full credit to Marc-Andre Fleury for his performance thus far.
Radulov, who got the overtime victor in Game 2 on Friday night after Tomas Plekanec tied it with 18 seconds left in regulation, has two goals and three assists in the past two games. He mostly settled down as the game went on, and made some crucial saves to keep the Pens in the game - including his overtime mask save on Brandon Dubinsky. Game 4 is Wednesday at St. Louis, whose goaltender, Jake Allen, has a.974 save percentage and 0.91 goals-against average after being 3-5 with a.902 and 2.29 in his playoff career coming in.
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Johnson scored first for the Blue Jackets at 11:46 of the opening period when he launched a wrister from the right point into traffic that bounced off Crosby's skate and into the net. His status for Tuesday's game is unknown. He's Sullivan's guy, plain and simple. After scoring just two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.
Considering that this will likely be one game, this move is for the best. That includes the mighty Washington Capitals and the Toronto Matthews Leafs - one of whom will be the Penguins second round opponent. Even if they can squeeze out a win at home, Werenski's loss, coupled with a 3-1 deficit heading back to Pittsburgh, is an nearly impossible feat.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski blocked a shot with his face during the second period of tonight's playoff game versus the Penguins. And not only has each game been a marathon, they've been all out sprints.
Fleury's series in a nutshell: He stood on his head.
The Penguins have the opportunity close out the series in Columbus on Tuesday. "They play this crap for music when you come in after the game".
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"We know we didn't see their best", forward Max Pacioretty said a day after Montreal's 3-1 win in Game 3.
That all changed past year.
The caption the 19-year-old added to his snap was: "Playoff hockey", as if those words were explanation enough.
What the Blue Jackets probably didn't expect, however, was to have the Penguins bungle a few defensive-zone decisions, leading to more than a few scoring chances. We've got to make sure we approach tomorrow's game just like we approached the first three.
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