Penguins beat Blue Jackets to take series lead

Sidney Crosby Jake Guentzel

Sidney Crosby Jake Guentzel

Blue Jackets rookie Zach Werenski took a puck to the face during the second period of Sunday night's game against the Penguins, fell to the ice, got up and left a trail of blood in his wake as he skated toward the bench.

Edmonton 1, San Jose 0: Zack Kassian scored midway through the third period, Cam Talbot made 23 saves in his second straight shutout and the Oilers beat the Sharks in San Jose, California, in Game 3 of their first-round series.

Guentzel earned the first playoff hat trick for a Pittsburgh rookie.

As has been the norm in the series, the Blue Jackets continued to apply pressure in the first period and opened a 2-0 lead with 1:04 remaining on Anderson's first career playoff goal.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said the goal Tuesday was simple. "They earned the win, and we didn't have the desperation that we needed to win the game". Pekka Rinne made 34 saves, even with his franchise playoff scoreless streak ending early in the second period at 141 minutes, 5 seconds. He probably would welcome a first-round matchup next year against anyone other than the Penguins and Crosby, the best player of his generation.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville.

The game went to overtime, and by then, Werenski could no longer see out of his eye.

Sergei Bobrovsky had an incredible regular season for the Jackets, going 41-17-5, with.931 save-percentage and a 2.07 goals-against average.

You never want to count your eggs before they've hatched, but the Penguins have been the far better team through the first three games of this series.

Pittsburgh then closed within one at 16:24 of the second when Hainsey scored his first goal of the series on a shot from the boards that went between the legs of teammate Bryan Rust and found its way past Bobrovsky.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner, right, checks Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cullen during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.

The Penguins now lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, which returns to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday night.

Such inaction, of course, did not sit well with Blue Jackets players or their fans.

Allen has been the star of the first three games. "We've got to stay in the moment".

Eleven seconds into the game, Dubinsky put a shot on Fleury's pads and Atkinson was in the right place to score on the rebound, pumping up a sold-out Nationwide Arena crowd hungry for some playoff prosperity.

Pittsburgh has comfortably won the first two games in this series, but I think Columbus will bounce back today. San Jose is just 1 for 14 on the power play this series and has scored on just three of 83 shots.

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