Blue Jackets remain alive with win over Penguins
"I just met with him in the office (Monday) and that's the first thing that comes out of his mouth; he's upset that he can't play", coach John Tortorella said of Werenski, who had one goal in the series and was first in National Hockey League scoring among rookie defensemen with 47 points (11 goals, 36 assists).
Werenski was forced out of the game in the second period but returned in the third with a shield on his face and quite a nasty shiner.
Werenski, though, did not finish the game after suffering a facial fracture late in the second period. But if they aren't fixed immediately (and they nearly cost Columbus what initially looked like an easy win Tuesday), they will be the nail in the Blue Jackets' anticipated coffin.
Jenner gave the Blue Jackets some breathing room again with a tip-in from in front of the goal on a shot from Brandon Saad that made it 5-3.
Despite the side from Columbus taking an early 3-1 lead, the Pens stormed back to put themselves into a 3-0 lead in their first-round NHL Eastern Conference playoff series. 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.
Here's to hoping this series doesn't get past Game 5, and that the Caps and Leafs keep wearing each other out in total track meets. The best goaltender in the regular season, Bobrovsky has been ordinary at best in the first three games of a series against the defending Stanley Cup champions. St. Louis is up 3-0 in its first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, with Game 4 at home Wednesday night. "Unfortunately we didn't get it done, and now we're in a situation where it's do or die", Dubinsky said. That's all we're concerned about: To feel good about ourselves tonight, after this game. That alone might explain their approach in Games 1 and 2, when they decided that beating up the Penguins was more important than scoring goals.
The Oilers have found a new playoff hero in their first postseason trip since 2006.
Columbus went up 3-0 at 4:49 of the second when Nutivaara scored off a rebound.
"His play speaks for itself", coach Todd McLellan said.
Savard was probably doing what he was assigned to do, but it's probably not a wise move to let the best player in the world move freely behind the goal with the game - and probably your season - on the line.
The Sharks are just looking for any kind of goal after being shut out by Cam Talbot for a second straight game.
The thing is, Bobrovsky is always an incredible regular season goalie. San Jose is just 1 for 14 on the power play this series and has scored on just three of 83 shots. "I think the whistle (should blow), but it didn't".
Hockey players: tougher than the rest of us.