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Sport Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead

05:10  17 april  2017
05:10  17 april  2017 Source:   ap.org

Holtby helps Capitals hold off Blue Jackets, 3-2

  Holtby helps Capitals hold off Blue Jackets, 3-2 Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots, Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals held on for a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night. T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen also scored for the Capitals, who improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Washington, with a league-best 112 points, leads Pittsburgh by five points in the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets are another point back in third.Holtby's 41st win of the season also tied him with his Blue Jackets counterpart Sergei Bobrovsky for best in the league.

Crosby played keep-away with three Blue Jackets players behind the net before passing the puck to a perfectly positioned Guentzel in front during overtime on The loss was deflating for the Blue Jackets , who scored 11 seconds into the game and jumped out to a 3 -1 lead after the first period only to let the

Columbus Blue Jackets ' Zach Werenski celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2017 The Blue Jackets , who are in the playoffs for just the third time in their 17-year history, trail 3 - 0 in the series .

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 Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) © The Associated Press 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 Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves. Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh to rookie to get a playoff hat trick.

The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night.

After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.

But the Penguins regained their composure and pushed back hard during the second period to tie the score at 3-3.

Crosby, Bobrovsky, McDavid named Hart Trophy finalists .
Two-time Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday was named one of three finalists for the annual award that goes to the player who is deemed most valuable to his team. The other finalists are Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid.Crosby, who was facing the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series on Monday night, also was a finalist for the award won by Chicago's Patrick Kane last season. A six-time finalist, Crosby previously won the award in the 2006-07 and 2013-14 seasons.

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