Penguins take 3-0 series advantage with OT win

Ross Houston
April 20, 2017

Columbus Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson, center, celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.

The Blue Jackets announced the decision Monday, one day after the 19-year-old rookie took a puck to the face on a shot by Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel that opened a gash on his right cheek in the second period.

With Matt Cullen off the ice for slashing, the Blue Jackets scored their first power-play goal of the series when Zach Werenski found the top-right corner of the net from above the left circle at 6:10, pushing the Blue Jackets' early edge to 3-1.

He tweeted a photo of his face after the game that showed his eye almost swollen shut.

The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night. The rookie with the lightning-quick release buried the puck for the game-winning goal in the Penguins' 5-4 overtime victory.

The Pens thought Game 3 was their best game of the series, and they wanted to be even better tonight in Game 4. That kept the score at 3-1 and allowed the Penguins to eventually launch their comeback.

In the midst of an 0-3 hole to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the season is all but over.

Werenski immediately hit the ice, grabbing his face, writhing in pain as play continued.

Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period to force overtime.

Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist, and the Blue Jackets held on to beat the Penguins and avoid a sweep in the best-of-seven playoff series.

"It doesn't matter how well the goalie played, we have to get to him", Pavelski said.

The Penguins turned things around in the second period, managing the puck better and forcing the Blue Jackets to chase. Pittsburgh got the late goal but ran out of time.

On Sunday, the Blues scored just 3:25 into the first period when Parayko beat Dubnyk high with a shot from the high slot after a nice pass from Patrik Berglund.

Guentzel, a Hill-Murray graduate, finished the regular season with 16 goals and 17 assists in 40 games, sticking for good at the National Hockey League level after being called up from the minors in mid-January. "(Fleury) makes a big save in overtime that probably changed the game".

"They've stuck to their game plan and we've stuck to ours and it was a real tough test for us out there the second half of the game", Allen said.

Right now, with the exception of the Canadiens leading the Rangers 2-1, every other Eastern Conference series is tied at one game apiece.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to go with what worked, keeping most of their lines in tact for game four.

Sergei Bobrovsky still shaky: The Penguins' second goal by Ron Hainsey was a pretty cheap one.

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