Penguins have answer for everything in comeback win over Blue Jackets

ST. LOUIS - Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday for a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The Penguins look to continue their dominance and win their third straight game of these playoffs as they are looking very unsafe and every bit as good as they did to win the Cup past year and with a win here they can start booking their plans for the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Mikael Backlund scored a short-handed goal and Sean Monahan had a power-play goal for the Flames. The period closed out with the Penguins holding a 2-1 lead.

Game 3 is set for Sunday, and it's highly unlikely that Calvert will be on the ice for that matchup and perhaps for the rest of the series as a result of his risky and cowardly hit.

Rick Nash - The veteran Rangers winger had a tough game (3 for, 12 against, 20.0 CF%, 0-5 scoring chances) in a 3-1 Game Three loss to Montreal.

Pittsburgh held steady and when Malkin buried a pass from Crosby a second after a Columbus penalty expired 2:01 into the third, the Penguins were in firmly control. The Blackhawks were ninth in the National Hockey League in offense during the regular season and have the firepower from Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin down the lineup that can overpower Nashville - when they're clicking. "Just much of what we saw here in the first two games, but teams are always a little extra motivated when they go back home". But in Game 3, Bob was shaky at best.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were banged up in mid-March and needed a spark.

Though, that wasn't going to be enough to sideline Werenski the rest of the game.

"I don't want to talk about it", the 2013 Vezina Trophy victor said of the gaffe, per the Columbus Dispatch.

Not trading Marc-Andre Fleury is making Penguins GM Jim Rutherford into a genius.

Fleury was solid in Games 1 and 2, and even though he allowed four past him in Game 3, his save in OT (above) was him literally throwing everything he had at keeping the Penguins alive. But the Capitals should also be better for the adversity they faced early against the Maple Leafs and showing they could avoid panic and respond. They're taking turns so far in this series and the Blue Jackets haven't had an answer for it.

Joe Thornton's return to game action Sunday was cause to celebrate for Sharks fans.

But we should know by now, hockey fans, that goals are ultimately what wins games.

Looking around the Eastern Conference, there are no teams playing as well as the Penguins right now. They can surprise the Penguins too if we let them catch us off guard. Penguins take it 4-1.

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

  • Julie Sanders