Blue Jackets remain alive with win over Penguins

Posted April 20, 2017

After falling behind 3-1 in the opening period last night, the Penguins mounted a Game 3 comeback that saw Jake Guentzel score his first career hat trick en route to a 5-4 overtime win.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson, right, tries to control the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta, of Finland, defends during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.

Werenski tweeted a photo of himself after the game, which revealed a black eye, stitches on his cheek and gauze in his note.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski will miss the remainder of the playoffs after being hit in the face with a puck in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not too shabby. His hat-trick securing, overtime goal gave the Pens the win in Game 3 and was the first ever three-goal night in a postseason game from a rookie in Penguins history.

There are plenty of Blue Jackets who have failed to elevate their games, but they are not relied upon as much as Bobrovsky.

To summarize, the Blue Jackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead, Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't sharp for the first time all series, the crowd was in a lather. Once they got their footing, they took it to Columbus with the kind of focus and offensive potency that the Blue Jackets simply don't possess.

Considering that this will likely be one game, this move is for the best. In more than one series - ones with the Rangers and Capitals come to mind - the Penguins were verbally adamant about ending these series the first chance they had. Obviously scoring big goals but doing a lot of other things during the game - the penalty kill portion of it, the forecheck, the momentum.

It was the second straight overtime game of the series, and second consecutive win for the Senators following their 4-3 victory in Game 2. In Game 2, the Blue Jackets entered the third period losing 2-1 and lost the game 4-1. F Sonny Milano was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League to replace Matt Calvert, who was suspended a game for breaking his stick on Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl on Friday night.

"I'm just proud of the leadership he showed coming back and trying to play and make a difference".

The fan was seen with the autographed jersey at the game.

"They play this crap for music after the game".

We know that as long as Guenztel is on a line with Crosby, his opportunities to score are always going to be there.

"We haven't won anything right now", coach Mike Sullivan said while meeting with reporters at the team hotel.

After surrendering three goals on the first six shots - none of them were bad goals - Fleury stopped 30 of the next 31.