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Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:31

Columbus trails the Penguins 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

Guentzel scored Pittsburgh's first goal in the opening period and got another in the third period before beating Bobrovsky for the victor in OT. Sidney Crosby gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first and Jake Guentzel scored in the second.

Defenseman Zach Werenski suffered facial fractures when he took a deflected shot to the face in the second period of Game 3 of the first-round series Sunday night. "We didn't have the desperation we needed to win the game". That's the best player in the world, a 22-year-old kid who has played half a year in the league, and a 24-year-old who was making a name for himself at this time last year during the Penguins' Stanley Cup run. To feel good about ourselves after tonight's game.

After the game, Werenski posted a photo of his face on social media, showing the gruesome swelling and discoloration caused by the puck when it rode up the shaft of rival Phil Kessel's stick and smacked him right under the eye. Tuesday's 5-4 loss was a missed opportunity for the Penguins to get a ton of rest time in advance of a second-round matchup with either Washington or Toronto.

You never want to count your eggs before they've hatched, but the Penguins have been the far better team through the first three games of this series.

The Blue Jackets tied the game at one midway through the second period but Jake Guentzel and the Penguins took the lead again only 41 seconds later.

Columbus held a 14-11 edge in shots on goal in the first, bringing their total through three games in that category to 42-21. Outside of his performance in Game 3, he made things easy on Pittsburgh's offense, which has scored 12 goals in the series, averaging four goals a game.

New York Rangers' Kevin Klein, right, checks Montreal Canadiens' Torrey Mitchell over the boards during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in New York.

Allen has been the star of the first three games.

"We've had success when we've exited quickly and played in their end", Bonino said.

"I'm just proud of the leadership he showed coming back and trying to play and make a difference". On one skate, he beat Sergei Bobrovsky with the carom of Ron Hainsey's shot from a sharp angle to tie the game at 1 at 3:17. When that advantage was temporarily cut in half, they went to a more conservative and buttoned-down defensive posture, but the Penguins still brought plenty of stress to the equation. At least six games, maybe seven was the common belief, but the Blue Jackets have not lived up to their expectations.

Incredibly, the rookie was back on the ice after a few stitches.