The Columbus Blue Jackets are facing elimination on Tuesday night at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are up 3-0 in their first-round series.
While the Blue Jackets offense finally got going in Game 3, Bobrovsky - and the defense's play around him - will need to step up to avoid a sweep. He returned to the game and played a couple shifts with a full facemask before his right eye swelled shut and forced him out of the game. At least six games, maybe seven was the common belief, but the Blue Jackets have not lived up to their expectations.
Patric Hornqvist, Ron Hainsey, Tom Kuhnhackl and Jake Guentzel scored goals for the Penguins.
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.
As has been the norm in the series, the Blue Jackets continued to apply pressure in the first period and opened a 2-0 lead with 1:04 remaining on Anderson's first career playoff goal. "We've got to get ourselves regrouped tomorrow and get ready for Thursday". Pekka Rinne made 34 saves, even with his franchise playoff scoreless streak ending early in the second period at 141 minutes, 5 seconds. He is the first Penguins rookie to score three goals in a playoff game.
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The Penguins expect the Blue Jackets' best shot. Calvert didn't want to talk about the play Monday, but he did say it wasn't payback for anything that happened in the game. That's the best player in the world, a 22-year-old kid who has played half a year in the league, and a 24-year-old who was making a name for himself at this time last year during the Penguins' Stanley Cup run.
Just like in Game 3 when they rallied from a 3-1 deficit, the Penguins began roaring back. He'll enter Game 5 with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a.923 save percentage.
The Oilers have found a new playoff hero in their first postseason trip since 2006. They still have Fleury, who, despite having his weakest outing of the series last night, does not cut the profile of a man who will wilt after one bad game. Obviously scoring big goals but doing a lot of other things during the game - the penalty kill portion of it, the forecheck, the momentum.
"His play speaks for itself", coach Todd McLellan said. "He's been tremendous for us".
Werenski led all rookie defenseman during the regular season with 11 goals and 36 assists in 78 games. Coming back from 3-0 in a series has been done before, and it can be done again.
The Penguins attempted to get the puck from behind their own net and into the neutral zone, but Atkinson skated into the passing lane, earned the takeaway, pushed toward the crease, got Fleury off-balance and slipped a backhanded shot under him for the goal. "In these one-goal hockey games, we have to stick one in the net".