Pittsburgh is the better team here and while Columbus has had a strong season I don't see them as a playoff threat at all and they get dealt another loss here as the Pens get it done on the road.
Game four goes Tuesday night. Zach Werenski's goal increased Columbus' lead to 3-1 with a slap-shot. Sergei Bobrovsky has been less-than-average and the bite and snarl the Blue Jackets had seems non-existent next to the colossus that is the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But the Penguins regained their composure and pushed back hard during the second period to tie the score at 3-3. Bryan Rust picked up his second and third goals in this post-season during the second period to tie the game. Columbus missed a breakthrough opportunity on Sunday night, letting go of a 3-1 lead and losing 5-4 in overtime on Guentzel's third goal of the game.
Elsewhere, the Montreal Canadians overcame the New York Rangers 3-1, while the Minnesota Wild lost to the St Louis Blues by the same scoreline.
A first-round draft pick (No. 8 overall) by Columbus in 2015, Werenski was hurt when a shot from Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel deflected off his own stick and caught him under the right eye in the second period.
Game three: Blackhawks at Predators - It is easy to focus on Chicago's sudden inability to score in 120 minutes to open the playoffs, armed with the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and more. Throw that one out and there is still a case to be made that Penguins teams of the past lacked a killer instinct to put teams away.
Jake Allen is doing his best to prove his coach wrong.
The Blue Jackets, who are in the playoffs for just the third time in their 17-year history, trail 3-0 in the series. That's all we're concerned about, is to feel good about ourselves tonight after this game. "He's making some big, timely saves, which gives us a lot of momentum". Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots.
"I'm just trying to stay in front of the net".
"We know we're in a hole", Tortorella said. "It's not over 'til we win that (fourth) one".
"We had to stay with it", Crosby said. "We showed glimpses of the game we wanted to get to, but weren't almost consistent enough".
The Canadiens took advantage 3½ minutes later with their second power-play goal of the game.
The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 3-0 with a chance for a sweep on Tuesday night in Nationwide Arena.
Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber also had goals for the Canadiens. Whether it was fatigue or not but Sidney Crosby just ate up David Savard on the game winning goal.
Brady Skjei spoiled Price's shutout bid with 2:56 remaining for his first career playoff goal.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Zach Werenski on a better day, during the regular National Hockey League season.
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