NHL Playoff Recap: Blues, Pens, Habs Each Win Game 3

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 18, 2017

St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen, left, scores on an empty net as Minnesota Wild's Ryan Suter watches during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2017, in St. Louis.

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. Guentzel had a hat trick in the 5-4 Pittsburgh win Sunday. Columbus, now facing elimination, will take on the Penguins again in game four of their opening playoff series on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena at 7:30 p.m.

"I'm not sure why that is", Rust said, wanting no part of that "Mr". Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh rookie to get a playoff hat trick.

"He's been unbelievable, a big reason why we got these three wins, and it gives us a lot of confidence", Schwartz said of Allen.

As the Penguins came from behind to tie the game on Bryan Rust's second goal of the game, Werenski was flat on the ice bleeding profusely from the hit.

With the Pens trailing 3-2 in the second period, Werenski got in front of Phil Kessel, who fired the puck right under the Blue Jackets defenseman's right eye. A shame indeed should this series end Tuesday in OH or Thursday in Pittsburgh, because I will miss an entire arena standing on their feet, singing, cheering and making hockey a better game.

Alexander Radulov's goal Sunday might have been the Montreal Canadiens' last in the road win against the New York Rangers, but it was easily the game's best. "We've got to come to work tomorrow, try to get better and make sure we come out with same excitement we have in the first three games, and just try to sustain it for 60 minutes". Bobrovsky finished with 42 saves, but he has not matched the standard he set during the regular season when he won 41 games. It was the first suspension for Calvert in 347 National Hockey League games.

The former first-rounder and former reclamation project now has two consecutive game-winning goals.

Long before Game 3, this 22-year-old rookie has been showing the presence of mind to always be in the right place at the right time.

No points, just one shot on goal and five shot attempts added to a disappointing night for Schultz, who ended up stuck in the defensive zone far too often. That goal gave Rust six in his past 11 post-season games. "In these one-goal hockey games, we have to stick one in the net".

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