NHL Playoffs 2017, Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Game 4

  • NHL Playoffs 2017, Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Game 4

NHL Playoffs 2017, Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Game 4

Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand, left, of Denmark, and Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta, of Finland, chase the puck during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, . One minute after that, Zach Werenski's power play goal gave the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead. Not to be outdone, captain Sidney Crosby has set up two goals in back-to-back contests after being held off the scoresheet in the series opener.

The absence of Matt Murray in net for Pittsburgh initially caused some panic for the Penguins, but Marc-Andre Fleury has been a solid fill-in as the team's goalie.

Columbus isn't the only team in trouble. For instance, even though they should have spent the third period trying to protect a two-goal lead, Columbus was more than happy to trade chances with Mike Sullivan's squad. Minnesota has outshot St. Louis 117-79, killed off eight of nine power plays but has never led.

The Blue Jackets were on the brink of exiting the Stanley Cup playoffs race, being down 3-0 to the Penguins in the best of seven series in the eastern conference quarterfinals.

Blue Jackets defenseman Kyle Quincey was a healthy scratch the first three games but made an early impact with a jarring hit on Guentzel in the first period. It was confirmed on Monday morning that Werenski suffered a facial fracture when he blocked the shot, and he's out for the remainder of the postseason as a result.

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.

Ryan got free in the zone, tapping it in on assists by Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson.

Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin added goals for the Penguins. Craig Anderson finished with 17 saves.

While Werenski exhibited extreme toughness playing through the rest of regulation, he was unable to continue into overtime of the intense game between Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Atkinson came back less than two minutes later with his second goal of the game to put Columbus back on top 2-1.

Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist, and Kris Versteeg, Sam Bennett and Michael Stone also scored for Calgary. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves.

The Penguins answered 3:06 later when Guentzel collected the puck after it bounced off the boards behind the net and beat Bobrovsky on the glove side to tie the score at 1 with his second goal of the series.

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov all scored for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals. He stopped 74 of 76 shots for a.974 save percentage against a Wild team that ranked second in the National Hockey League in scoring during the regular season.