Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves in a 3-0 series hole

The Columbus Blue Jackets ensured Tuesday would not be their elimination night with a 5-4 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have a chance to sweep. Guentzel had a hat trick in the 5-4 Pittsburgh win Sunday.

Starting slower than the Penguins would like has not necessarily been an issue confined to the post-season.

Jack Johnson, Josh Anderson, Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal for the Blue Jackets. Things didn't get much better, either.

Sources told's Pierre LeBrun early Saturday that the league's Department of Player Safety would not be suspending Calvert for the incident, which took place with 35 seconds remaining in the game.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead St. Louis over Minnesota for a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Werenski led all rookie defenseman during the regular season with 11 goals and 36 assists in 78 games.

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.

For two, it's easy to visualize the Jackets reverting to more of their careless, undisciplined, hit-chasing ways now that they've tasted a little bit of success. And the New York Rangers took a similar step forward, refusing to let the Montreal Canadiens threaten their own exit from the postseason with a 2-1 decision to even up the other Eastern Conference heavyweight.

Fleury admitted to some jitters when he was suddenly thrust into the lineup with barely 20 minutes to prepare after Murray was a late scratch before Game 1 with a lower-body injury - and responded with a 31-save masterpiece. "So we're expecting, obviously, a pushback from them and we know we're going to see their best the next game".

His club-record 102nd playoff appearance looked an bad lot like his 101st, when he held the Blue Jackets in check during an early push then waited for NHL's best offense to find its footing.

The Penguins' centers got worked over on faceoffs, 36-21.

The Sharks are just looking for any kind of goal after being shut out by Cam Talbot for a second straight game.

The tying goal brought with it plenty of controversy. Kessel's shot rolled up Werenski's stick and struck right below his eye. He fell to the ice, as blood spilled onto the ice around him - there was eventually a trail to the Columbus bench.

He typically plays on the first line for the Penguins alongside superstar Sidney Crosby and opposite Conor Sheary. "It's a 2-1 game for a long time there and we just have to find a way".

Sergei Bobrovsky seemed like a favourite to win the Vezina Trophy this season.

NOTES: Columbus was penalized twice for having too many men on the ice. The Penguins held a pregame moment of silence and players wore special decals on their helmets in honor of Pittsburgh Steelers chairman, former United States ambassador to Ireland and community icon Dan Rooney. Play continued because Columbus failed to control the puck and the Penguins took advantage.



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