Given the struggles of the Blue Jackets' offense, how do they generate more offense that leads to goals?
"This is a group that still challenges you", Blues coach Mike Yeo said.
So Tortorella may have a legitimate complaint as Werenski clearly was not in any shape to continue playing as blood poured down from his face. "It was hands-down our best first period". The period closed out with the Penguins holding a 2-1 lead. Jake Guentzel was the hero for the Penguins as he got a hat trick and won the game 5-4. It's about one word here. The Blue Jackets were without F Matt Calvert, who was suspended for one game for his cross-check on Penguins RW Tom Kuhnhackl in Game 2 on Friday night.
There's always the temptation to try a different approach in this scenario, searching for a spark on the road with the Blues halfway to winning the series.
"We were a little bit lucky", Malkin said. His puck-moving abilities and shot are important aspects of the team.
Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Zach Werenski was not able to play in overtime because his eye had become so severely swollen he was unable to see.
Atkinson came back less than two minutes later with his second goal of the game to put Columbus back on top 2-1.
Brandon Saad scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots. 3-1 good guys. 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.
"He was solid", Crosby said of Fleury.
"We had a couple of times to get the puck out and they worked hard to keep them in. It doesn't mean everything's great, but it built some momentum in the second".
Sidney Crosby and the defending champion Penguins have looked impressive in jumping out to a 2-0 lead against the Blue Jackets.
Rust has averaged a goal every 5.6 games in the regular season and every 3.25 games in the playoffs. "But it doesn't just end there".
Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin added goals for the Penguins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were banged up in mid-March and needed a spark.
They also settled into the game.
Crosby had a goal and two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves in Game 2. Guentzel scored the go-ahead goal at 11:48 in the third period. "Their (defensemen) were kind of slow getting back and he had his back turned to me, so I thought if I could get on him quick he'd have to make a quick decision". It proved to be prophetic later.
They used to call Reggie Jackson "Mr. October" because of his prolific production in baseball's biggest games. Pittsburgh's Justin Schultz hit the post.
Joe Thornton's return to game action Sunday was cause to celebrate for Sharks fans.
Don't underestimate that experience factor, Sullivan said. The emphasis on board play isn't allowing them to cause enough havoc in front of the opposing goalie. The series continues in Columbus on Sunday night. Charlie Coyle and Scottie Upshall were sent to the penalty box for dual roughing penalties, triggering the 4-on-4 and increasing the Wild's night-long frustration with the officiating crew.
"We played the game we wanted to".