Quote Roundup: Game 3 (Blue Jackets)

Pittsburgh scored on the sequence, and it was controversial whether play should have continued with Werenski bleeding all over the ice.

But wait. Right when you think the game is about over it just takes an ugly, unexpected turn.

I'm fairly confident that if the same thing happened to me I'd be bed-ridden for like a year. If both the fans and the players, stay focused, the Pittsburgh Penguins will no doubt be able to take this series easily. When Crosby, the 29-year-old veteran center considered one of the top players of his generation, is clicking with second-year winger Conor Sheary and rookie winger Jake Guentzel, opponents struggle to slow them.

Jake Allen, who stopped 74 of 76 Wild shots in the first two games on the road, made 40 saves, including 19 in the third period, as the Blues once again stymied the high-scoring Minnesota offense that finished second in the National Hockey League in the regular season with 266 goals. That alone might explain their approach in Games 1 and 2, when they decided that beating up the Penguins was more important than scoring goals.

The Penguins, who averaged 15.9 blocked shots per game in the regular season, blocked a total of 45 in Games 1 and 2.

Fleury has gained a reputation for making questionable decisions in net. Fleury has turned aside 70 shots in the first two games of the series, showing confidence and experience.

Fleury has stopped 70 of 72 shots faced in the series. He played out of his head.

Perhaps one of the best moves for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season was one they didn't make.

Game 3 between the Penguins and Blue Jackets will be broadcast on CNBC and Sportsnet 360 in Canada. It played out to the extreme when Matt Calvert's broke his stick across Tom Kuhnhackl's back at the end of the Game 2. That will change on Sunday, when the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Jackets and Penguins shifts to Nationwide Arena.

On Sunday, the Blues scored just 3:25 into the first period when Parayko beat Dubnyk high with a shot from the high slot after a nice pass from Patrik Berglund. "A huge win for us". Crosby turned Pittsburgh's first shot of the game into a 1-0 lead, though he had the easy part: settling the puck at the doorstep then flipping it home. They can surprise the Penguins too if we let them catch us off guard. We know the Jackets don't want to be swept, we'll see how much fight they have left Tuesday night. Certainly what we are going to do is we are going to go to Columbus and do everything within our power to bring our best game.

  • Julie Sanders