Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep


Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella made several lineup changes to give the Blue Jackets a little more speed.

Edmonton 1, San Jose 0: Zack Kassian scored midway through the third period, Cam Talbot made 23 saves in his second straight shutout and the Oilers beat the Sharks in San Jose, California, in Game 3 of their first-round series. It was confirmed on Monday morning that Werenski suffered a facial fracture when he blocked the shot, and he's out for the remainder of the postseason as a result.

At 5:21, Rust got his second goal of the series when he tipped Brian Dumoulin's shot through Bobrovsky's pads.

Well, that was child's play compared to what the 22-year-old Guentzel did Sunday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Matt Calvert, who was suspended for one game after his cross-check on Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl in game two is back in the lineup for Columbus.

The Penguins' Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime for the game victor, but Werenski made the biggest impression of the evening.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Zach Werenski on a better day, during the regular National Hockey League season. But they could not manage to hold the lead, allowing the Penguins to go up 4-3 in the third.

Though, that wasn't going to be enough to sideline Werenski the rest of the game. They showed that all season with a 16 game winning streak and three blowout victories against the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, and the Penguins themselves, 10-0, 7-1, and 7-0 respectively.

The Columbus Blue Jackets ensured Tuesday would not be their elimination night with a 5-4 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. "We just got to keep doing it". "We can pout and hang our heads, or we can come to work (Tuesday) and get ready for another game". For instance, even though they should have spent the third period trying to protect a two-goal lead, Columbus was more than happy to trade chances with Mike Sullivan's squad. He let in multiple soft goals again, something that has been a theme for him this series, as well as his entire playoff career. Obviously scoring big goals but doing a lot of other things during the game - the penalty kill portion of it, the forecheck, the momentum.

After scoring just seven goals in the regular season, Kassian has scored his first two game-winners since the 2014-15 regular season.

Nash gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead early in the second. "In these one-goal hockey games, we have to stick one in the net". I don't think we got puck possession, but I've still seen on plays like that refs blow it dead right away.