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Sport Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead

05:10  17 april  2017
05:10  17 april  2017 Source:   ap.org

The NHL really needs to fix their Stanley Cup Playoffs format

  The NHL really needs to fix their Stanley Cup Playoffs format This week when the NHL Playoffs begin, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the Eastern Conference will meet in the first round when the Columbus Blue Jackets square off with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This makes no sense. This week when the NHL Playoffs begin, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the Eastern Conference will meet in the first round when the Columbus Blue Jackets square off with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The loss was deflating for the Blue Jackets , who scored 11 seconds into the game and jumped out to a 3 -1 lead after the first period only to let the Penguins climb Guentzel scored Pittsburgh’s first goal in the opening period and got another in the third period before beating Bobrovsky for the winner in OT .

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5 - 4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and give them a 3 - 0 lead in their first-round playoff series .

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel, center, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Olli Maatta, left to right, of Finland, Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary, and Trevor Daley against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first overtime period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) © The Associated Press Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel, center, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Olli Maatta, left to right, of Finland, Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary, and Trevor Daley against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first overtime period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves. Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh to rookie to get a playoff hat trick.

The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night.

After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.

But the Penguins regained their composure and pushed back hard during the second period to tie the score at 3-3.

Penguins and Capitals have been here many times before .
Stunning things happen during the Stanley Cup playoffs every year, and 2017 has been no exception. Who foresaw Nashville limiting Chicago’s high-octane offense to three goals in four games?Or the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 finishers in the regular-season standings being jettisoned in Round 1?Or Boston accumulating five delay-of-game minors in its final two games against Ottawa?Not everything, however, is chaotic and unpredictable in the spring.Exhibit A: The Penguins are preparing to face Washington in a best-of-seven series, beginning at 7:38 p.m. Thursday at Verizon Center.

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