Of course, that goal would be far less regrettable if the Sharks had been able to score since the overtime-winner from Game 1.
They used to call Reggie Jackson "Mr. October" because of his prolific production in baseball's biggest games. Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid each scored short-handed goals to help tie the series. He now leads the league with four postseason goals - one more than the Wild have managed in three games against the St. Louis Blues.
Columbus, which got its lone goal from Brandon Saad for a short-lived 1-1 tie, attempted 79 shots, 40 of which got through to Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Penguins' Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime for the game victor, but Werenski made the biggest impression of the evening.
"I felt pretty good out there", Methot said after practice Friday.
We knew the Penguins had the better depth in the matchup with Columbus, and it's the advantage that's been the most important for them as this series has unfolded. Coming in with a 1-0 series lead, the boys were looking to get a good hold on Columbus in the series, and that's exactly what they did. His one-handed dangle in the third period of game three is an early contender for goal of the postseason.
Crosby got his 50th playoff goal. Asked about his young wingers keeping up with him, Crosby, the Rocket Richard Trophy victor during the season with 44 goals, turned the conversation 180 degrees.
The 19-year-old Werenski returned to the game, because that's what hockey players do, sporting a full face shield. We're just trying to read off each other.
Allen has been the star of the first three games. The first goal that Sergei Bobrovsky gave up last night is the type of goal that Fleury has given up in the past.
"I'm just proud of the leadership he showed to come back and play and make a difference", Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky said.
"I thought if I could get on (Bobrovsky) quick he'd have to make a quick decision", Sheary said.
"His play speaks for itself", coach Todd McLellan said. "I think the whistle (should blow), but it didn't". Charlie Coyle and Scottie Upshall were sent to the penalty box for dual roughing penalties, triggering the 4-on-4 and increasing the Wild's night-long frustration with the officiating crew. The emphasis on board play isn't allowing them to cause enough havoc in front of the opposing goalie.
Eleven seconds into the game, Dubinsky put a shot on Fleury's pads and Atkinson was in the right place to score on the rebound, pumping up a sold-out Nationwide Arena crowd hungry for some playoff prosperity. They give us speed.