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

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

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

Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh rookie to get a playoff hat trick.

New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, chases the puck during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in New York.

The Blue Jackets were understandably frustrated with their play through the first two games of the series, but Calvert was way out of line.

"It's a pretty unique night", Guentzel said.

In three playoff games, Guentzel now has 4 goals and an assist to boot.

"I mean, I'm trying to keep up with them for the most part", Crosby said.

Bryan Rust's two goal second period drew the Penguins even.

He shared a picture on his Twitter after the game, during which he scored, and his followers were treated to look at his bruised face and enlarged nose.

Atkinson came back less than two minutes later with his second goal of the game to put Columbus back on top 2-1.

Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber scored power-play goals for Montreal and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.

Trotz said the Maple Leafs, like the Edmonton Oilers in their Game 1, wanted to show themselves that they belonged in the playoffs.

The Penguins answered 3:06 later with Guentzel's first goal.

Werenski roofed the wrist shot over Fleury's glove side and off the crossbar into the net.

Guentzel restored the Penguins' lead at 2-1 just 51 seconds later. After a Penguins turnover, Atkinson skated in on Fleury, dragged the puck in front and fired a low backhander.

"They're defending hard. Their goalie has been seeing the puck well, and one thing they do well is they have five guys around the paint so it makes it tough for us to get on the inside", Pominville said. "They stick around and wait for their opportunities to pounce, and they took advantage of it".

The first came on a Rust tip-in of a shot from inside the blue line by Brian Dumoulin at 5:21. Pittsburgh scored on the sequence, and it was controversial whether play should have continued with Werenski bleeding all over the ice.

The Penguins have the opportunity close out the series in Columbus on Tuesday. 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.

Mikael Backlund scored a short-handed goal and Sean Monahan had a power-play goal for the Flames.

Fleury finished with 39 saves while filling in for the injured Matt Murray, and received plenty of help.

Don't underestimate that experience factor, Sullivan said.

Ottawa could get defenseman Marc Methot back after missing the past three weeks with a severed pinky finger that was the result of a slash from Sidney Crosby. "I think most important was the second goal", Malkin said. "It speaks to the maturity of the kid and he's a warrior and I'm proud of him". The Blue Jackets do everything well, they're grinding out shifts, hitting the Penguins, maxing out effort - then the Penguins get one opening and score. Bobrovsky had 42 saves.