Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead
Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel, center, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Olli Maatta, left to right, of Finland, Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary, and Trevor Daley against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first overtime period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
The teams traded goals in the third period before Guentzel beat Bobrovsky for the victor.
Canadiens 4, Rangers 3, OT: Alexander Radulov scored at 18:34 of overtime to give Montreal a victory over NY in Game 2 of the first-round series. The goal in OT helped clinch game 3 and a 3-0 lead in the series.
But the Blue Jackets will get forward Matt Calvert back for Game 4 (7:30 p.m. EDT, CNBC).
Play continued as Werenski lay on the ice, his cheek bloodied, and the Penguins capitalized by scoring a controversial goal.
In three playoff games, Guentzel now has 4 goals and an assist to boot.
Fleury has now made 70 saves on 72 shots (.972 save percentage) since taking over for the injured Matt Murray, and may have been ideal in Game 2 had it not been for old pal Ron Hainsey, who deflected a Brandon Saad shot for the Jackets' lone goal.
Tortorella admittedly had to walk away from the dressing room at times this season so he wouldn't blow up after the Blue Jackets played a bad period, letting assistant coaches interact with the players.
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The Blue Jackets never gained possession, but there is some gray area. They give us speed. The series continues in Columbus on Sunday night. Then Crosby swiped the puck and passed to Guentzel, who made the most of his chance with the overtime game-winner. The goal was Kassian's second of the series and of his playoff career.
The Penguins have no interest in playing that way with the Blue Jackets.
Less than a minute later, Crosby was streaking down the ice on a 2-on-1 with Jake Guentzel feeding him at just the right time for a one-timer that beat Sergei Bobrovsky.
In Game 2, three of the four Blue Jackets' lines played well.
"Desperate", Dubinsky said. "We have no other choice". Fifteen of the 18 skaters the Penguins have dressed this postseason have registered at least one point.
With the Pens trailing 3-2 in the second period, Werenski got in front of Phil Kessel, who fired the puck right under the Blue Jackets defenseman's right eye. Can he do anything to turn it around in Game 4?
In the first period of Game 3, the Penguins were leading in hits 13 to 12, but trailing on the scoreboard. The focus has been more on the players than him, which is the way he wants it. We know they're a feisty team and get a lot of energy from their home crowd.
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