Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves in a 3-0 series hole


Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh to rookie to get a playoff hat trick. Werenski ended the Blue Jackets' 5-4 overtime loss with 19:08 of ice time.

After Zach Werenski took a puck to the face and suffered a broken cheekbone Sunday, his grill looked, well, quite ugly. Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson scored, Brandon Saad had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves. He is the first Penguins rookie to score three goals in a playoff game. That kept the score at 3-1 and allowed the Penguins to eventually launch their comeback.

Just as the Maple Leafs were successfully killing off a 5-on-3 situation, Mitch Marner seemed to have a clear path to picking up a loose puck just inside the Capitals blue line for what would have been a breakaway.

Werenski left the game for medical treatment but later returned, only to sit out the overtime because severe swelling prevented him from seeing out of his right eye. For instance, even though they should have spent the third period trying to protect a two-goal lead, Columbus was more than happy to trade chances with Mike Sullivan's squad.

St. Louis 3, Minnesota 1: Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead the Blues over the Wild in St. Louis for a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

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Marc-Andre Fleury also held down the score in net.

Pittsburgh answered three minutes later. Ten minutes later, Phil Kessel passed the puck out to Hainsey to the far right and he beat a shielded Bobrovsky from a severe angle.

Credit where credit is due, Guentzel played great and deserves plenty of credit for the Penguins' win, but it's also necessary to point out the incredible effort that Sidney Crosby put in along the boards to help set up that game-winning goal.

Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise (11) and St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russian Federation, reach for a loose puck during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in St. Louis. He now leads the league with four postseason goals - one more than the Wild have managed in three games against the St. Louis Blues.

Jake Allen is doing his best to prove his coach wrong.

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Unless you were sitting with your face pressed against the TV, you probably missed how the Penguins finished off the Columbus Blue Jackets to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

Guentzel put the Penguins ahead, 4-3, at 11:48 of the third period, on the power play, when he banked a puck in off Bobrovsky.

"He's in the zone and he's really backstopping us right now". We're beginning to learn just how good this kid is at finishing them, even at the end of high-pressure postseason games.

Allen was the star of the first two games.

At 5:21, Rust got his second goal of the series when he tipped Brian Dumoulin's shot through Bobrovsky's pads.

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