Blue Jackets, Wild in danger of being swept out of playoffs

New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, chases the puck during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in New York.

"Especially in this situation, it's a little bit of a desperate move, trying to get across and cover some net", Fleury said.

"They've played well", said Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky.

The Penguins now lead the Blue Jackets 3-0 in the teams' best-of-seven series.

The Penguins are 6-2 in their last eight overall and 13-4 in their last 17 Sunday games while the Jackets are 1-6 in their last seven against the East and 8-2 in their last 10 Sunday games. However, the Pens scored twice in the second period and both teams traded goals in the third period to force overtime. "You feel better about yourself and your game".

Pittsburgh has comfortably won the first two games in this series, but I think Columbus will bounce back today.

San Jose got a momentum-changing power-play goal from its second unit to start a Game 1 comeback, then came up empty on all six chances with the man advantage in Game 2.

The goal was the fastest in Blue Jackets playoff history.

Evgeni Malkin contributed three assists, and Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby had two assists each for the Penguins.

With Dubinsky in the box for cross-checking, Guentzel got his second goal of the game 11:48 into the third period to give the Penguins the 4-3 lead.

"It's a good opportunity for us", Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. His success has carried over into the postseason, posting five points over his first three career playoff games. He now leads the league with four postseason goals - one more than the Wild have managed in three games against the St. Louis Blues. 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.

Game three: Blackhawks at Predators - It is easy to focus on Chicago's sudden inability to score in 120 minutes to open the playoffs, armed with the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and more.

The Jackets know the stakes going into Tuesday's game. Obviously scoring big goals but doing a lot of other things during the game - the penalty kill portion of it, the forecheck, the momentum. The Blues took a commanding series lead last night in winning their second straight game in enemy territory.

Exactly like in Game 1, the Oilers were up by a goal heading into the final 20 minutes of the contest.

  • Salvatore Jensen