Blue Jackets remain alive with win over Penguins

Guentzel thrust his arms into the air, his hat trick complete after he scored a couple crafty goals earlier in the game.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel, right, checks Columbus Blue Jackets' Gabriel Carlsson, of Sweden, during the first period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.

"You earn your bounces, and they were better" Penguins star forward Sidney Crosby said.

"I'm just proud of the leadership he showed to come back and play and make a difference, Dubinsky added". The best goaltender in the regular season, Bobrovsky has been ordinary at best in the first three games of a series against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

He made a awful gaffe behind the net in Game 2, which led to the opening goal after the Blue Jackets had dominated much of the first period.

Atkinson came back less than two minutes later with his second goal of the game to put Columbus back on top 2-1. Given their recent records against each other and the fact they ended the season with separated by three points and the same number of wins, these two teams were supposed to be going the distance. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 3-1.

While the most popular pick here at Pensburgh was Pens over Jackets in six - some jagoff picked the Pens to win in seven - nobody was bold enough to predict a sweep.

Fleury's series in a nutshell: He stood on his head.

On Tuesday, the Blue Jackets defenseman showed his heart is still in flawless condition.

Oh, and if you haven't watched either game, watch Game 3 tonight.

He's done for the year, coach John Tortorella said. "Then, we can decide how we approach the rest of the series from there".

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

BOSTON (AP) - Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and the Ottawa Senators recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat the Boston Bruins to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

The 19-year-old initially returned to the contest in the third period with a full-face shield before he was forced to exit as his vision was impacted by the swelling around his eye. The Blue Jackets' first goal off a deflection probably wasn't his fault, but Fleury let Josh Anderson beat him for a soft goal between his legs for the second goal, got caught napping on a shot from William Karlsson on the backhand for the fourth goal and gave up the third and fifth goals off juicy rebounds. And we should also know that getting this series over with, as quickly as possible, would be a huge benefit for the Penguins heading into the second round.

  • Julie Sanders