Blue Jackets, Wild in danger of being swept out of playoffs

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 20, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of Sunday's game than in their first two playoff games combined.

Columbus got a break after the Penguins won the opening faceoff and were preparing to move to neutral ice when the puck hit an official's skate and allowed the Blue Jackets to race in for a goal 11 seconds into the game.

Werenski left the game for medical treatment but later returned, only to sit out the overtime because severe swelling prevented him from seeing out of his right eye.

He posted on Twitter a photo of his face after the game that showed his eye almost swollen shut.

The Pittsburgh Penguins played an impressive game three on Sunday, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to eventually win the game in overtime with a score of 5-4.

The Penguins now lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, which returns to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday night. Outside of his performance in Game 3, he made things easy on Pittsburgh's offense, which has scored 12 goals in the series, averaging four goals a game.

Cam Atkinson struck first and then added a second goal five minutes later for the Blue Jackets to make it 2-1 in favor of Columbus. With Calvert's suspension and Dubinsky's constant harassment of Crosby, the Blue Jackets have attempted to slow the skill of the Penguins by grinding them down physically.

In the midst of an 0-3 hole to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the season is all but over. Once they got their footing, they took it to Columbus with the kind of focus and offensive potency that the Blue Jackets simply don't possess.

TORONTO (AP) - Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap Toronto's comeback from two goals down in the second period, and the Maple Leafs beat the Washington Capitals to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. This time of year there's not a lot of time and space but tonight we were able to get a good number of chances.

Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets need their star goaltender to step up in Game 4. Pittsburgh got the late goal but ran out of time.

NEW YORK (AP) - Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal over New York, giving the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

"They've stuck to their game plan and we've stuck to ours and it was a real tough test for us out there the second half of the game", Allen said.

"Game 4 is always the most hard", he said. Despite letting in three goals in the first period, his solid play backstopped the team to victory.

The Pens did have their moments and glimpses of the game they needed to get to, and one o those was the depth scoring.

"I'm just proud of the leadership he showed to come back and play and make a difference", Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky said.

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