After the game, Werenski's coach, John Tortorella, offered succinct, vulgar praise for his player's toughness.
But remarkably, Werenski returned to the Columbus bench and briefly went back on the ice in the third period. It was later revealed he suffered facial fractures in the blow.
Transitioning from Pittsburgh to Columbus wasn't as effective as the Blue Jackets had hoped it would be, as Sergei Bobrovsky fell apart in Game 3 in front of the hometown crowd.
Werenski was injured in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh, which gave the Penguins a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Especially without one of their top two defenseman as Zach Werenski was hit in the face with a shot and will be out for the season. 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. 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.
NEW YORK - Rick Nash and Jesper Fast scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Columbus will try to stave off elimination when it hosts Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday night.
At least Savard had a pretty good view of the game-winner. "Unfortunately we didn't get it done, and now we're in a situation where it's do or die", Dubinsky said. But Kuhnhackl found the back of the net on a rebound less than two minutes later to make it 4-3 before Jenner put Columbus back up by two.
Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, staying healthy might be the most important part of this next game. That's all we're concerned about: To feel good about ourselves tonight, after this game.
We know that as long as Guenztel is on a line with Crosby, his opportunities to score are always going to be there. "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. They still have two home games left, not that I think they'll need them.
Concerns still abound in Columbus, though - nearly as much as goals in San Jose on Tuesday night. San Jose's quartet of 25-goal scorers in the regular season - Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture - have none so far in the playoffs. It just seems like, despite knowing better, Columbus can't resist the urge to hulk up and play tough-guy hockey.
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