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Guentzel tallies hat trick in Penguins' win

Guentzel tallies hat trick in Penguins' win

Columbus Blue Jackets standout rookie and former University of MI defenseman Zach Werenski scored his first career National Hockey League playoff goal in the first period of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Blue Jackets rookie Zach Werenski was a living embodiment of that phrase on Sunday after taking a puck to the face in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins.

Trailing 3-1 after one period, the Penguins started the second as the aggressors and responded with two goals from Rust to tie the score at 3.

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.

And although Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is not a fan of the players' kind of music, he wants to hear it booming throughout Nationwide Arena in Columbus after Game 4 tonight. The Penguins later scored to tie the game up at 3-3, leading to some controversy over whether play should have stopped.

It was the second straight overtime game of the series, and second consecutive win for the Senators following their 4-3 victory in Game 2.

With Blue Jackets defenseman Kyle Quincey off for interference, Hornqvist scored a dirty goal in front of Bobrovsky to change the momentum.

"I just wanted them to see what it was like to win a playoff game with this team together", he said.

Credit where credit is due, Guentzel played great and deserves plenty of credit for the Penguins' win, but it's also necessary to point out the incredible effort that Sidney Crosby put in along the boards to help set up that game-winning goal.

Radulov, who got the overtime victor in Game 2 on Friday night after Tomas Plekanec tied it with 18 seconds left in regulation, has two goals and three assists in the past two games. "I think a little bit of a deciding factor in Game 3 was they had the puck more, a lot more than the first two games".

Werenski, who scored his first playoff goal in the contest and recorded 11 tallies and 47 points in his rookie campaign, earned plaudits from his teammates for attempting to play after the injury.

Brady Skjei spoiled Price's shutout bid with 2:56 remaining for his first career playoff goal.

The Blue Jackets never gained possession, but there is some gray area.

Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said the team now is "like a wounded animal". We just tried to stay in it and give ourselves a chance.

"We've played three pretty good hockey games and we've just to keep playing hard", Dubnyk said. "But we got through it".

Fleury was solid in Games 1 and 2, and even though he allowed four past him in Game 3, his save in OT (above) was him literally throwing everything he had at keeping the Penguins alive.