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Blue Jackets, Wild in danger of being swept out of playoffs

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski will miss the remainder of the playoffs after being hit in the face with a puck in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.Thanks to a pair of Maple Leafs goals late in the second period the two teams went into the break tied at three. Talk about clutch. With his overtime victor, Guentzel became the first Pittsburgh rookie to score a hat trick in the playoffs.”I think he’s got a quiet confidence about him”, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said of Guentzel, who recorded his second straight game-winning goal in Sunday’s 5-4 overtime victory.There was less luck involved when Anderson made it 2-0 with a little over minute left in the period. That’s the best player in the world, a 22-year-old kid who has played half a year in the league, and a 24-year-old who was making a name for himself at this time last year during the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run.Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville. Werenski, however, did go to the locker room during overtime because the swelling closed his right eye, so the Blue Jackets were forced to play with five defensemen. With Werenski on the shelf, it will be interesting to see how they will enter Game 4.Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, staying healthy might be the most important part of this next game.The Blue Jackets tied the game at one midway through the second period but Jake Guentzel and the Penguins took the lead again only 41 seconds later. Guentzel played the ricochet off the back boards to the left of the net and beat Bobrovsky from a severe angle. Kassian also scored the first goal in Edmonton’s 2-0 win in Game 2.CALGARY, Alberta – Corey Perry scored 1:30 into overtime and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from three goals down to take a 3-0 series lead in the first-round series. D Markus Nutivaara made his playoff debut for the Blue Jackets, replacing D Scott Harrington. F Matt Calvert also was back after serving a one-game suspension for breaking his stick over the back of Kuhnhackl on Friday.Considering that this will likely be one game, this move is for the best.Allen has been the star of the first three games. They didn’t and Pittsburgh has a stranglehold on the series.WASHINGTON (AP) – John Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his National Basketball Association playoff debut as the Washington Wizards won Game 1 of their first-round series.”They pushed really hard and put us on our heels a bit and we grinded and we got it done”.Bad breaks or not, the Penguins just didn’t look like they were ready to play in the first six minutes and fell behind 3-1.

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