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Jake Guentzel hat trick lifts Penguins to Game 3 win

Scores 13:10 into overtime against Blue Jackets to give Pittsburgh 3-0 series lead

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Jake Guentzel scored his third goal of the game 13:10 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-0 with Game 4 here Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports 2, FS-O, ROOT).

Guentzel became the first Pittsburgh rookie to score a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when he beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky off a pass from Sidney Crosby from behind the net for his fourth goal of the postseason.

"It's kind of out of my head, kind of weird, but a pretty unique night," Guentzel said. "Things were bouncing my way. Two off the back boards was pretty lucky."

The Penguins trailed 3-1 after the first period, but Bryan Rust (5:21) and Evgeni Malkin (13:25) each scored in the second to tie it 3-3, and Guentzel scored his second of the night to make it 4-3 at 11:48 of the third.

 

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"They surged a little bit and we had a tough time catching up to them," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said.

Brandon Dubinsky scored off the rebound of a Jack Johnson shot to tie it 4-4 with 4:49 left in the third.

Cam Atkinson scored 11 seconds into the game to give Columbus a 1-0 lead. It was the fastest goal in a playoff game in Blue Jackets history.

Video: PIT@CBJ, Gm3: Guentzel nets hat trick, OT winner

Guentzel tied it 1-1 at 3:17, but Atkinson beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with a backhand at 5:02 for a 2-1 lead.

Werenski made it 3-1 when he scored a power-play goal from the top of the left faceoff circle at 6:10 of the first.

Werenski did not play in overtime after he was hit below his right eye with a shot by Penguins forward Phil Kessel at 13:15 of the second period, 10 seconds before Malkin scored.

Werenski returned to play seven shifts in the third period.

"It got to the point where he couldn't see," Tortorella said. "That's why he didn't play in overtime."

Bobrovsky made 42 saves, and Fleury made 33.

Video: PIT@CBJ, Gm3: Dubinsky roofs rebound to tie game

 

Goal of the game

The Blue Jackets gave Crosby just enough space behind the net, and he made them pay with the pass to Guentzel for the overtime goal. "[Guentzel] made a great play to pop out and get away from his check and find an opening. It squeezed in there between the posts," Crosby said.

Video: PIT@CBJ, Gm3: Guentzel completes hatty for OT win

 

Save of the game

Fleury robbed Dubinsky at 6:57 of overtime with a save off his mask. Fleury first made a save on a Josh Anderson shot from the left circle. The rebound rolled to Dubinsky on the right side, and he had an open net before Fleury recovered. "It was a lot of ground to cover, and I tried to get there as quickly as possible. I was happy to use my head on this one," Fleury said.

Video: PIT@CBJ, Gm3: Fleury uses mask to rob Dubinsky in OT

 

Unsung performance of the game

Columbus defenseman David Savard led all skaters with 31:27 of ice time and had two shots on goal, five hits and four blocked shots.

 

Highlight of the game

Werenski scored in the first period with a shot from the left circle that hit the post in the right corner and caromed underneath the back bar so quickly the referee signaled no goal because the puck was stuck and did not drop to the ice. Video review showed the puck crossed the goal line.

Video: PIT@CBJ, Gm3: Werenski goes top shelf for PPG

 

They said it

"The resilience and the resolve we show is part of the fabric of our identity, and it has to be to have success in this league at this time of the year." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

 

"Our backs are against the wall. We have no choice but to get better and push back." -- Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky

 

Need to know

Guentzel is the second NHL rookie to cap a hat trick in the playoffs with an overtime goal, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The first was Gerry Plamondon of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of the 1949 NHL Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings. ... Guentzel is the second Pittsburgh player with a postseason hat trick that included an overtime goal, joining Ron Francis, who did it in Game 4 of 1992 Patrick Division Final against the New York Rangers. ... A shot by Blue Jackets defenseman Gabriel Carlsson hit Penguins center Nick Bonino in the head five minutes into the game. Bonino went to the locker room but returned shortly after. … The Penguins are 7-2 all-time in the playoffs against the Blue Jackets, including 3-1 at Nationwide Arena. … The Blue Jackets are 2-11 all-time in the playoffs and have never won a game in regulation. … Columbus forward Sonny Milano made his NHL postseason debut, replacing Matt Calvert, who was suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety for cross-checking Pittsburgh forward Tom Kuhnhackl in the third period of Game 2. … Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, Crosby and Malkin each had two assists.

 

What's next 

Game 4 of Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports 2, FS-O, ROOT)

 

Video: Guentzel caps hat trick in OT as Penguins win Game 3

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