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Penguins beat Blue Jackets in OT, Canadiens defeat Rangers

Montrelle Montesinos | 20 Abril, 2017, 04:54

"The score didn't indicate that, but we really liked a lot of the first period".

Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson, right, tries to control the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta, of Finland, defends during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel gave the Penguins a 5-4 win and a commanding 3-0 lead in the first-round series with a goal 13:10 into overtime. It's about one word here.

And it is that kind of effort the Blue Jackets want for a full 60 minutes tonight. Sullivan saw it in the first period, believe it or not.

"It doesn't matter how well the goalie played, we have to get to him", Pavelski said. "That's such an important aspect of our group, is our ability to respond and react the right way".

The Blue Jackets scored the first goal for the second straight game. He is the first Penguins rookie to score three goals in a playoff game. But word surfaced later Saturday afternoon that the league had reconsidered punishing the Blue Jackets player for the incident, and a hearing was scheduled. There's that 3-1 lead. The Pens certainly had their chances, particularly early on from Sidney Crosby's line.

The momentum lasted all of 51 seconds, or as along as it took for Crosby and Guentzel to break in 2-on-1.

Crosby notched two more assists, giving him four in the last two games. He returned later in the period. "I think it downs to the group with our veteran guys".

Werenski took a puck to the face from nearly point-blank range, before being escorted off the ice, dripping with blood. The Blue Jackets were never able to answer. The rookie with the lightning-quick release buried the puck for the game-winning goal in the Penguins' 5-4 overtime victory.

Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period to force overtime. It proved to be prophetic later. The Blue Jackets have been pushed to the brink despite Brandon Dubinsky adding an offensive presence (one goal, one assist) in Game 3 to the physical one he has demonstrated all series (19 hits). Bobrovsky sports a 2-7 post-season record against Pittsburgh.

Cam Atkinson netted two of Columbus's first-period goals, his second coming after the winger stole the puck in Pittsburgh's defensive zone and drove to the net.

Which means the rest of the playoffs could be without sound bytes from coach John Tortorella. "He's a real good player". Well, we know (at least) five things... With the other series in the East being neck and neck, and the Penguins eventual second-round opponent playing an unexpected two consecutive OT games to start the series, the Penguins have a great opportunity to help their own cause by disposing of the Blue Jackets in short order.