Playoff Roundup: Penguins, Blues put Blue Jackets, Wild on brink of elimination

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

"They've stuck to their game plan and we've stuck to ours and it was a real tough test for us out there the second half of the game", Allen said. Sunday, the Blues beat the visiting Minnesota Wild 3-1, thanks to Allen and another 41 saves. I don't think we got puck possession, but I've still seen on plays like that refs blow it dead right away. Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the postseason, and Patric Hornqvist pushed in an empty-net goal. He stopped 39 of them. Murray's partner is Marc-Andre Fleury, and boy has he shined.

"He was solid", Crosby said of Fleury. Only 3:16 later, rookie Jake Guentzel tied it at 1-1. He has to battle through bodies and deflections and things like that.

Perhaps one of the best moves for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season was one they didn't make. Guentzel then slid it to Crosby and the Penguins were in control.

The Blue Jackets managed to lose a second game despite being the more physical team once again. Guentzel ended the regular season on fire, too, finishing with five goals and three assists in his last five games.

"I was lobbying the best I could today, but they don't much care what I say", Babcock said of Zaitsev getting on the ice. "They're pretty fast and they have a lot of skill".

We also know only 4 times in 182 tries (2.2 percent) has a team comeback to win a series trailing 3-0 in the playoffs. "We got some unfortunate bounces there a couple times".

At 5:21, Rust got his second goal of the series when he tipped Brian Dumoulin's shot through Bobrovsky's pads. Pittsburgh native Brandon Saad responded from being benched for the majority of the third period in the series opener by scoring his team's lone goal and attempting eight shots, although only three found their way on net. Sheary sent the puck out front to the bottom of the left circle for Guentzel, who kicked the puck from his skate to his stick and fed Crosby near the right post at 8:31 of the first. Sergei Bobrovsky had 42 saves.

Not trading Marc-Andre Fleury is making Penguins GM Jim Rutherford into a genius. "He eventually just held onto it and I was able to create a turnover". Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf, left, shoots under the defense by Calgary Flames' Matt Bartkowski during the second period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif.

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

"I thought we answered really well", Columbus captain Nick Foligno said.

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