Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Zach Werenski Out for Remainder of Playoffs

The Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. Guentzel had a hat trick in the 5-4 Pittsburgh win Sunday. The Blue Jackets, backs against the wall, in front of a rabid crowd, delivered their best effort of the series.

Werenski was injured in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh, which gave the Penguins a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

We knew the Penguins had the better depth in the matchup with Columbus, and it's the advantage that's been the most important for them as this series has unfolded.

Bryan Rust answered with two goals in the second and Jake Guentzel gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead mid-way through the third. Guentzel has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in his last 14 contests overall and recorded 33 (16 goals, 17 assists) in 40 games with the club after toggling between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League and the Steel City. "It's a pretty unique night". Mike Hoffman added two goals for Ottawa, with Derick Brassard scoring the other.

Cam Atkinson had two goals for Columbus, and Zach Werenski and Dubinsky also scored. Sergei Bobrovsky had 42 saves.

A few stitches later, with his right eye turning a nasty shade of purple, the defenceman made his way back into play against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 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. Game 4 is Tuesday night in San Jose.

"I'm not sure if we got any possession or not", Blue Jackets Coach John Tortorella said after the game when asked whether he thought that play should have been whistled dead after Werenski blocked Phil Kessel's shot with his face. Kyle Quincey took a stupid penalty up 3-0 and the Penguins' subsequent power-play goal almost turned the tide dramatically enough to actually shift the final outcome of the game.

The Blues scored just 3:25 into the first period when Parayko beat Dubnyk high with a shot from the high slot after a nice pass from Patrik Berglund. Then, with Werenski flat on the ice bleeding profusely from the wound on his face, Malkin tied the score at 13:25. "We just got to keep doing it". Even though they got run under again early on, they showed that they can turn up the heat on Columbus and make things miserable for prolonged stretches of time.

Fleury, who alertly began moving to his left after making the pad save and giving up the rebound, arrived in time for the puck to ricochet off his helmeted forehead. We're beginning to learn just how good this kid is at finishing them, even at the end of high-pressure postseason games. I do not want them leaving tonight not enjoying a playoff win.

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