Guentzel netted a hat trick, including the overtime victor at 13:10 in a 5-4 victory, as the Penguins took a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Blue Jackets in the East Conference quarterfinals.
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. Bryan Rust picked up his second and third goals in this post-season during the second period to tie the game. Talk about clutch. With his overtime victor, Guentzel became the first Pittsburgh rookie to score a hat trick in the playoffs.
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.
Entering Tuesday, the Blue Jackets probably couldn't have even been labeled a playoff team that is trending downward. "We didn't have the desperation we needed to win the game".
"His play speaks for itself", coach Todd McLellan said.
He returned to the ice for the third period Sunday night wearing facial protection, but couldn't play in overtime because swelling obscured his vision. Game 4 is Wednesday at St. Louis, whose goaltender, Jake Allen, has a.974 save percentage and 0.91 goals-against average after being 3-5 with a.902 and 2.29 in his playoff career coming in.
Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, staying healthy might be the most important part of this next game.
Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson, right, tries to control the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta, of Finland, defends during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. Guentzel played the ricochet off the back boards to the left of the net and beat Bobrovsky from a severe angle. Whether it was fatigue or not but Sidney Crosby just ate up David Savard on the game winning goal.
After a lackluster performance in a 3-1 loss in Game 3, the Rangers came out aggressive early in Game 4. "We've got to get ourselves regrouped tomorrow and get ready for Thursday". Penguins G Matt Murray remained out for the fourth straight game with a lower-body injury sustained before the series opener. The Pens have scored a total of 13 goals from seven different players. D Markus Nutivaara made his playoff debut for the Blue Jackets, replacing D Scott Harrington.
Incredibly, the rookie was back on the ice after a few stitches. Being down 3-0 in the series most likely spells out the end for the Jackets this year.
"We had to stay with it", Crosby said.
Right now, with the exception of the Canadiens leading the Rangers 2-1, every other Eastern Conference series is tied at one game apiece.