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Columbus loses top defenseman for rest of playoffs

20 April 2017, 06:54 | Charlene Valdez

Penguins beat Blue Jackets to take series lead

Guentzel tallies hat trick in Penguins' win

But you can't compete for the Cup without a goaltender who can steal you games in the postseason.

Series all but in the bag. We know of no reason to think that recipe will be changing at all heading into Game 4. 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. Instead of focusing on grinding the Penguins down, maybe they should start to focus on putting the puck in the net.

In the last two games especially, the Canadiens have done a good job of preventing the Rangers from using the up-tempo style they're best at, clamping down defensively and forcing NY to dump and chase. It's miraculous how Pittsburgh manages to find guys like Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel. Then Crosby spun left, cleared the left side of the goal, dropped a backhand pass to Guentzel and looked over his left shoulder as Guentzel buried it on the short side.

With a Game 3 overtime loss fresh in their minds and a sweep to their Metropolitan Division rivals a real possibility, the Blue Jackets have a lot of soul searching to do.

Sergei Bobrovsky had 27 saves to help the Blue Jackets get their first playoff win in three years and their first-ever in regulation. "But we got through it".

But we should know by now, hockey fans, that goals are ultimately what wins games.

At least Savard had a pretty good view of the game-winner.

Zach Werenski will miss the rest of the National Hockey League playoffs after the Colombus Blue Jackets rookie copped a vicious blow under his visor.


In the Crosby/Malkin Era, the Penguins are 15-12 when they can eliminate the other team and went 4-2 in such situations last spring.

It wasn't apparent how Fleury made the save until a replay showed the puck hitting him squarely in the helmet and flying harmlessly over the goal. Pekka Rinne made 34 saves, even with his franchise playoff scoreless streak ending early in the second period at 141 minutes, 5 seconds.

In NHL history, four of 183 teams down 3-0 in a series have come back to win. Just about everything imaginable went wrong for the Penguins, and the outcome was still in doubt with 10 seconds to go.

The Blue Jackets, down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, will host the Penguins in Game 4 on Tuesday.

The most delightfully quaint thing about all of this is Tortorella calling the Jackets' Bluetooth speakers or whatever variety of MP3 player they use a "god damn radio". They didn't and Pittsburgh has a stranglehold on the series.

There are plenty of Blue Jackets who have failed to elevate their games, but they are not relied upon as much as Bobrovsky.

It was the second straight overtime game of the series, and second consecutive win for the Senators following their 4-3 victory in Game 2.



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