Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep

With the other series in the East being neck and neck, and the Penguins eventual second-round opponent playing an unexpected two consecutive OT games to start the series, the Penguins have a great opportunity to help their own cause by disposing of the Blue Jackets in short order.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead St. Louis over Minnesota for a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Now, with a 3-0 record firmly solidifying Jim Rutherford's decision to keep him as postseason insurance (whether or not Rutherford really wanted to keep him), Fleury might be close to staking a claim on the starting job the rest of the postseason.

Atkinson picked up his second goal of the game at 5:02, forcing a Crosby turnover and beating Fleury with a backhander.

After Zach Werenski took a puck to the face and suffered a broken cheekbone Sunday, his grill looked, well, quite ugly. Veteran D Kyle Quincey, a midseason pickup in a trade with the New Jersey Devils, took Werenski's place. The Jackets continue to play physical and aggressive hockey, and are offensively generating a lot of shots.

Johnson scored first for the Blue Jackets at 11:46 of the opening period when he launched a wrister from the right point into traffic that bounced off Sidney Crosby's skate and into the net.

Werenski, though, did not finish the game after suffering a facial fracture late in the second period.

Game 4 is Tuesday night.

Game 4 is Tuesday in Columbus.

Calvert received a minor penalty for cross-checking on Friday when he chased down Kuhnhackl away from the play and hit the Penguins forward in the head with his stick, which broke in the process.

"They play this crap for music after the game".

But we should know by now, hockey fans, that goals are ultimately what wins games. "I think our team has played hard, has had some struggles along through the game here, but we're not changing our approach in how we're supposed to play and how we're preparing for the game". "He's been tremendous for us".

The Sharks are just looking for any kind of goal after being shut out by Cam Talbot for a second straight game.

The thing is, Bobrovsky is always an incredible regular season goalie.

Concerns still abound in Columbus, though - nearly as much as goals in San Jose on Tuesday night.

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