Penguins take 3-0 series advantage with OT win

Phil Kessel had two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves. Werenski ended the Blue Jackets' 5-4 overtime loss with 19:08 of ice time.

Especially without one of their top two defenseman as Zach Werenski was hit in the face with a shot and will be out for the season. With the other series in the East being neck and neck, and the Penguins eventual second-round opponent playing an unexpected two consecutive OT games to start the series, the Penguins have a great opportunity to help their own cause by disposing of the Blue Jackets in short order.

Columbus held a 14-11 edge in shots on goal in the first, bringing their total through three games in that category to 42-21.

He played a couple shifts in the third period with a full facemask, but his eye swelled shut and he had to sit out the rest of the game.

Guentzel scored Pittsburgh's first goal in the opening period and got another in the third period before beating Bobrovsky for the victor in OT.

The Penguins' attack was relentless, never more so than in Game 3, when they turned a 3-1 deficit after one period into a backbreaking 5-4 win.

Toronto trailed 2-0 in the first period, and then 3-1 early in the second before Kadri and Nylander scored 4:07 apart late to tie the score in the final minute of the period.

Pittsburgh answered three minutes later. While on the power play, Guentzel played the puck off the boards, and got his geometry on, banking the puck off the inside pad of Sergei Bobrovsky. 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. "Unfortunately we didn't get it done, and now we're in a situation where it's do or die", Dubinsky said. We just tried to stay in it and give ourselves a chance.

The three goals were all different.

If they advance, their projected second-round opponent, the Washington Capitals, are getting everything they can handle from the Toronto Maple Leafs, splitting overtime games at home in a series that resumes tonight north of the border. They've got nothing to lose. "A huge win for us". We've got to be ready to play and we've got to win a hockey game. I don't think we got puck possession, but I've still seen on plays like that refs blow it dead right away.

Bryan Rust's two goal second period drew the Penguins even. He scored with 2:27 left in the third period of Game 2 to give St. Louis the 2-1 win.

Game 1 wasn't close for the Blue Jackets.

Jack Johnson, Josh Anderson, Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal for the Blue Jackets.

NEW YORK - Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night, giving the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Torrey Mitchell scored for Montreal and Carey Price made 30 saves.

Werenski returned for the third period wearing a full-face shield after receiving stitches.

Brady Skjei spoiled Price's shutout bid with 2:56 remaining for his first career playoff goal.



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