Guentzel, Rust lead Penguins' comeback in Columbus

With the win Pittsburgh takes a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Brandon Dubinsky - The Columbus centre scored a goal and added an assist, and had team-best possession stats (32 for, 24 against, 57.1 CF%, 19-14 scoring chances), going head-to-head with Sidney Crosby, but was victimized on the overtime victor, standing in front of the Columbus net, but not close enough to deter the game-winning pass by Crosby or shot by Guentzel.

Columbus will be without forward Matt Calvert Sunday as he suspended one game for his cross-check to Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl late in the third period of a Game 2 loss to the Penguins.

Dubinsky put the initial shot on net, and when the puck caromed away from Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, right winger Cam Atkinson jammed home the rebound for the quickest playoff goal in the 17-year history of the Blue Jackets.

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

Columbus, now facing elimination, will take on the Penguins again in game four of their opening playoff series on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena at 7:30 p.m.

After those first 20 minutes, the visitors from Pittsburgh came alive.

Colton Parayko also scored and Alexander Steen added an empty-netter for the Blues, who will try to sweep the series Wednesday night in St. Louis.

Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, which got 28 saves from Devan Dubnyk.

The Blues' goalie was outstanding for the third consecutive game, making 40 saves and Jaden Schwartz had the go-ahead goal in the second period to give the Blues a 3-1 win over the Wild on Sunday for a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Zack Kassian has been a difference-maker in the past two games.

"We had our chances in overtime", he said.

Radulov, who got the overtime victor in Game 2 on Friday night after Tomas Plekanec tied it with 18 seconds left in regulation, has two goals and three assists in the past two games. His one-handed dangle in the third period of a 3-1 Game 3 win over the Rangers is an early contender for goal of the postseason.

Brandon Dubinsky had tied the score at 4 with 4:49 left in the third period when he punched in a rebound on a hard shot by Blue Jackets teammate Jack Johnson. His status for Tuesday's game is unknown.

  • Julie Sanders