Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead
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.
Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has words for an official during the third period in Game 5 of the team's NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won the game 5 - 2 , and took the series.
Jared McCann tallied twice and Sidney Crosby recorded two points to propel the Penguins to a 5 - 2 win against the Blue Jackets .
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday night.
Bryan Rust scored twice for Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel added his second of the playoffs and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 49 saves. The defending Stanley Cup champions will face the winner of the Toronto-Washington series in the conference semifinals starting next week.
Columbus' Zach Werenski gets hit in the face with puck, bleeds all over the ice as Penguins score
Zach Werenski took some serious damage after a Phil Kessel shot hit him in the face.The 19-year-old Werenski tallied his first career postseason goal in the first period of Game 3, firing a gorgeous laser past Pittsburgh netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. That goal gave Columbus an early 3-1 lead.
David Pastrnak scored twice as part of a hectic 3rd period, lifting the Bruins past the Blue Jackets in Game 5 , 4-3, to take a 3- 2 series lead.
Matt Duchene netted the game -winner in double overtime, leading the Blue Jackets to a dramatic 3- 2 victory to even the series at 1
William Karlsson and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, but Sergei Bobrovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots to finish a forgettable series.
Columbus trailed by three in the second period but had a potential tying goal waved off in the third for interference. Pittsburgh responded immediately. Crosby's one-timer on the power play restored a two-goal lead and Wilson's backhand less than a minute later finished off the Blue Jackets.
Columbus avoided being swept with a spirited 5-4 win on Tuesday, extending the series by playing with the kind of desperation Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan insisted his team needed if it wanted to get some rest before the second round.
It's a refrain Sullivan has preached repeatedly over the last couple weeks and once again, the Penguins didn't listen.
Penguins have answer for everything in comeback win over Blue Jackets
The Penguins allowed a goal in the first 11 seconds and three goals in seven minutes at a hostile Nationwide Arena in Game 3 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday. The Blue Jackets had a commanding 3-1 lead at that point. How did that make Penguins coach Mike Sullivan feel?The Blue Jackets had a commanding 3-1 lead at that point.
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And once again, they were able to get away with it thanks to Fleury. He fended off 15 shots in the first period alone, several of them from point-blank range. It gave the Penguins time to find their legs, and Kessel's wrist shot from the top of the circle 9:07 into the first put Pittsburgh in front.
When Rust scored twice less than three minutes apart early in the second -- both of them on backhand rebounds -- the Penguins appeared to be in control.
The Blue Jackets, trying to extend a breakthrough season that included a franchise-record 108 points and the sixth-best record in the league, showed one last flash. Karlsson and Jenner beat Fleury twice in 2:54 at the game's midway point and Columbus was right back in it.
The surge ended when Fleury flopped to the ground after Alex Wenneberg clipped the goaltender as he fought off a check in the crease five minutes into the third. Columbus coach John Tortorella and the rest of the Blue Jackets bench erupted in anger. Things only got worse for Columbus when Crosby powered a shot from just above the goal line by Bobrovsky. Wilson pushed the lead to three when he casually tapped a backhand by a woefully out of position Bobrovsky.
Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets
Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won't matter when the puck drops on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have twice as many Stanley Cups (four) as the Blue Jackets have postseason wins (two)? Sure, it looks nice in a trophy case, but those things are designed to celebrate the past.
Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for the Capitals, who topped the Blue Jackets , 6-3, in Game 6 to advance to the Second Round.
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The Russian led the NHL in goals-against average (2.06) and save percentage (.931) during the regular season but couldn't keep the league's highest-scoring team in check. Pittsburgh scored at least three goals in all five games and at least four in four of them to leave the Blue Jackets still searching for their first playoff series victory.
It's become old hat in Pittsburgh, which will have some time to rest before beginning the next step in its title defense.
NOTES: Columbus F Nick Foligno was scratched following pregame warmups due to a lower-body injury. ... Pittsburgh finished 5-0 at home against the Blue Jackets this season, never trailing in any of the five games. ... Rust has seven goals and one assist in nine career playoff elimination games. ... Columbus went 1 for 3 on the power play. Pittsburgh was 2 for 4.
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Penguins' Evgeni Malkin set to return for opening playoff series .
After being derailed by a slew injuries, Pittsburgh will finally get some reinforcement. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is set to return from a upper-body injury in the team's opening playoff series beginning Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena against the Blue Jackets, the team announced.