Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Guentzel's hat-trick has Penguins eyeing sweep

Following a hearing with NHL Player Safety, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert has been suspended one playoff game for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins' forward Tom Kuhnhackl during Friday's Game 2, the department announced on Saturday. Patric Hornqvist added an empty-net tally to seal the win. Marc Andre Fleury racked up 39 saves in the win, giving him 70 saves in two games this series. The Penguins blocked 23 shots before they even got to their goaltender.

The Blue Jackets got the first eight shots of the game, but Pittsburgh scored on its first shot, thanks to keen forechecking by Sheary.

The Penguins are now just one game away from being done with the Columbus Blue Jackets and their repeated attempts at committing assault and battery instead of playing hockey, before moving on to the next round of the playoffs.

Blues 2, Wild 1: Jaden Schwartz scored with 2:27 remaining during a 4-on-4 situation and St. Louis beat the Wild to leave Minnesota with a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Now in his first National Hockey League playoffs since 2012, Radulov leads the Habs with five points in three games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets had one heck of a season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are putting them out to pasture through the first two games of their first-round series.

The Minnesota Wild couldn't have produced a more relentless attack against St. Louis in Game 1, only to have goalie Jake Allen deny them again and again during a 2-1 overtime victory by the Blues, but feeling defeated after a series opener would be the most risky reaction. They are a physical team, so I am sure they will try to establish that early on.

"We had to stay with it", Crosby said. The period closed out with the Penguins holding a 2-1 lead.

Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Zach Werenski was not able to play in overtime because his eye had become so severely swollen he was unable to see. That being said, the first two periods of each game is where he has shined the most. I think in the playoffs it can be easy to get caught up in the emotion and excitement and noise in the rink but with the group that we have, we have been through it before. Playoff series get emotional. Dubnyk made 20 saves.

I might just make it a rule to bet the Penguins any time they are underdogs during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "They're going to raise their game and we're going to raise our game, and we've got a chance to see how good we can be". The Penguins held a pregame moment of silence and players wore special decals on their helmets in honor of Pittsburgh Steelers chairman, former United States ambassador to Ireland and community icon Dan Rooney.

"Game 4 is always the most hard", he said.

  • Julie Sanders