Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead

Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night in Columbus, Ohio, and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Guentzel took a backhand centering pass from linemate Sidney Crosby behind the net and fired a one-timer past Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for the victor.

It was a brutal loss for the Blue Jackets, who scored 11 seconds into the game and took a 3-1 lead on Werenski's first career playoff goal later in the period.

The Blue Jackets had every reason to be frustrated after the Penguins rolled them in Game 2, but that certainly did not excuse Calvert's actions.

Bryan Rust's two goal second period drew the Penguins even. A hat trick by Jake Guentzel, who scored the game-winner in overtime, didn't hurt.

Columbus isn't the only team in trouble.

Rust was back in front of the net 8 minutes later when he appeared to convert a ideal pass from Malkin to tie the game, 3-3. He scored with 2:27 left in the third period of Game 2 to give St. Louis the 2-1 win.

Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 33 saves for the Penguins, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 42 saves for the Blue Jackets. Hockey players are a different breed of human. "There's pressure, but we know what we're facing".

Despite swelling and bruising surrounding the repaired gash under his eye, Werenski returned to play part of the third period before departing for good for the night. He suffered a fractured cheekbone. Columbus, now facing elimination, will take on the Penguins again in game four of their opening playoff series on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena at 7:30 p.m. He broke his stick against Kuhnhackl's back with a vicious cross-check, and then delivered another cheap hit for enforcement.

Allen has been the star of the first three games.

There was "nothing that led to it", he said. That being said, the first two periods of each game is where he has shined the most.

Radulov jammed the puck in from the edge of the crease after a feed from Max Pacioretty to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1.

Despite their good efforts, Fleury was able to shut them down.

They feel like it's just a matter of time before things get better. We're just trying to read off each other.

The Blue Jackets got the first eight shots of the game, but Pittsburgh scored on its first shot, thanks to keen forechecking by Sheary.

If the Sharks are going to regain the lead in this series, they will have to make Edmonton pay for its physical play. "He's been tremendous for us".

It's what happens when you have world-class talent, when you have three of the best pure offensive players in the game in Crosby, Malkin and Kessel.

  • Loretta Pittman