Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead


ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 4:46 to play on a freakish deflection off Lance Bouma's skate, and Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Game 3 is Monday in Calgary.

Frustration began to creep into the Minnesota Wild's play during a 2-1 loss to St. Louis at home in Game 2, on the heels of a 2-1 defeat in overtime in Game 1, when they outshot the Blues 52-26.

Joel Edmundson had the first goal for the Blues after winning Game 1 in overtime, Jake Allen was as steady as ever in the net again with 23 saves and Coach Mike Yeo devised another shrewd plan against his former team.

Blues 2, Wild 1: Jaden Schwartz scored with 2:27 remaining during a 4-on-4 situation and St. Louis beat the Wild to leave Minnesota with a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. So obviously, the chips are stacked completely in the Penguins' favor.

The controversy surrounding the allowed-goal is that National Hockey League referees have the ability to stop the game if it's "obvious" a player has sustained a serious injury. With the three-goal outburst, Guentzel became the first rookie in Pens history to notch a postseason hat trick, and the ninth since 1987-88. You wouldn't guess that at all from watching him - until you saw a close-up of him on the bench, where he still looks a couple of years years removed from his high school prom. In seven playoff games against the Blue Jackets, Crosby has eight total: That's a major factor in the series. The Rangers managed just 21 shots on goal in Game 3 and had 21 giveaways, including 10 in the first period. "(Fleury) makes a big save in overtime that probably changed the game".

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Bryan Rust scored the Penguins' other two goals, Evgeny Malkin contributed three assists, and Phil Kessel and Crosby each had two assists to lead the comeback.

The defending Stanley Cup champions didn't panic after giving up a goal 11 seconds into the game and then falling behind 3-1 in the first period. "There's pressure, but we know what we're facing". "So I don't see why we can't go in there and do the same thing to them that they did to us". Brandon Dubinsky's line did their job. "You feel better about yourself and your game". But the Capitals should also be better for the adversity they faced early against the Maple Leafs and showing they could avoid panic and respond.

What the Blue Jackets probably didn't expect, however, was to have the Penguins bungle a few defensive-zone decisions, leading to more than a few scoring chances. Actually, the Jackets aren't stopping anyone.

Oh, he's a hockey player alright.

The Penguins have the opportunity close out the series in Columbus on Tuesday.