Columbus loses top defenseman for rest of playoffs

They've had great starts in the games that we've weathered and come back and played well for stretches at a time.

The defenseman-who scored a goal in the first period- actually returned in the third period wearing a full visor to protect his eye, which received several stitches.

Game 4 is Tuesday in Columbus.

The Penguins' Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime for the game victor, but Werenski made the biggest impression of the evening. They quickly jumped out into the lead when Cam Atkinson scored only 11 seconds into the game and then the team scored two more in the next six minutes.

The incident happened in game three of the Blue Jackets' best-of-seven playoffs series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (NZT Monday).

Werenski, the Blue Jackets' star rookie who recorded 47 points in the regular season, also scored his first playoff goal in this game, which gave Columbus a 3-1 lead. They've imposed physical play and a strong forecheck at times - just not consistently enough.

Right now, with the exception of the Canadiens leading the Rangers 2-1, every other Eastern Conference series is tied at one game apiece.

Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise (11) and St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russian Federation, reach for a loose puck during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in St. Louis.

Columbus trails the Penguins 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

The Columbus Blue Jackets ensured Tuesday would not be their elimination night with a 5-4 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. St. Louis is up 3-0 in its first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, with Game 4 at home Wednesday night.

The fan was seen with the autographed jersey at the game.

"They pushed really hard and put us on our heels a bit and we grinded and we got it done". He'll enter Game 5 with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a.923 save percentage. "Unfortunately we didn't get it done, and now we're in a situation where it's do or die", Dubinsky said. Initially, one on-ice official waved off the goal, but after a replay review, the shot was ruled a good goal.

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. "Now we'll figure out how to go about our business and try to manage the series here".

"We've had success when we've exited quickly and played in their end", Bonino said.

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.

  • Julie Sanders