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Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead

18 April 2017

Guentzel took a backhand centering pass from linemate Sidney Crosby behind the net and fired a one-timer past Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for the victor.

Sure looked like it. Sheary's determination set up Crosby's 50th playoff goal to give Pittsburgh a first-period lead and Guentzel buried a cross-ice pass from Crosby to put the Penguins ahead near the game's midpoint as the Penguins went up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Guentzel had a hat trick in the 5-4 Pittsburgh win Sunday.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury, left, makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner, center, and Seth Jones during the second period in Game 3 of their first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

Jake Guentzel's first career National Hockey League hat trick came at a crucial time Sunday night. The accomplishment was still sinking in after the win.

So Tortorella may have a legitimate complaint as Werenski clearly was not in any shape to continue playing as blood poured down from his face. "It's a pretty unique night". Malkin and Crosby each had two assists.

MONTREAL - Alexander Radulov scored at 18:34 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a victory over the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the first-round series.

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Jake Guentzel was the hero on this night, scoring the winning goal at 13:10 of overtime off a feed from Sidney Crosby to complete his hat trick.

The Blue Jackets never gained possession, but there is some gray area. He had his shutout spoiled by the Rangers' Brady Skjei with 2:56 remaining and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (26 saves) on the bench for an extra attacker.

Game 4 is Tuesday night. However, Werenski, who had scored a goal in the first period, returned in the third with a full facemask and a significant cut and bruise under his right eye. The goal in OT helped clinch game 3 and a 3-0 lead in the series. San Jose's quartet of 25-goal scorers in the regular season - Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture - have none so far in the playoffs. Play continued because Columbus failed to control the puck and the Penguins took advantage.

David Schlemko's clearing attempt was intercepted by Kassian in the slot, and Kassian beat Martin Jones with a backhand to make it 1-0 with 9:15 to play. "He made some good saves off deflections that aren't easy".

Zach Parise scored again for the Wild, on a 5-on-3 late in the second period, but goalie Devan Dubnyk simply hasn't been as dominant as Allen at the other end.

Guentzel put the Penguins ahead, 4-3, at 11:48 of the third period, on the power play, when he banked a puck in off Bobrovsky. But for the third straight game, the Pens were able to survive another slow start, this time overcoming a 3-1 deficit before clawing all the way back for the win in overtime.

Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead