NHL Wrap: Sidney Crosby sets up Guentzel’s OT-winner, pushes Blue Jackets to brink

Jake Guentzel picked the right time for his first career hat trick.

The Penguins’ 22-year-old rookie buried three goals during Sunday’s Game 3 against the Blue Jackets, including the game-winner in overtime. That game-winning goal gave the Penguins a 3-0 series lead and pushed Columbus to the brink of elimination.

Credit where credit is due, Guentzel played great and deserves plenty of credit for the Penguins’ win, but it’s also necessary to point out the incredible effort that Sidney Crosby put in along the boards to help set up that game-winning goal. Just look at this blasphemy:

It was the second assist of the night for Crosby, and that’s the kind of highlight that’s necessary viewing for those that love to call Crosby “soft,” as the truth is his strength and skill down low are incredible.

In other playoff action, Montreal beat the New York Rangers 3-1.

Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens took a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber scored power-play goals for Montreal and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots.

Game 4 is Tuesday night.

Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves as St. Louis defeated Minnesota 3-1 in St. Louis for a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Colton Parayko also netted for the Blues and Alexander Steen added an empty-netter for St. Louis, which will try to sweep the series Wednesday night in St. Louis.

Charlie Coyle hit the goal for the wild.

In San Jose, Zack Kassian’s third period goal was the difference as the Oilers’ Cam Talbot stopped 22 shots for a second straight shutout.

Edmonton now lead the series 2-1 with the next game on Tuesday in San Jose.

All the results from the NHL playoffs:

Minnesota Wild 1-3 St Louis Blues (Game 3, St Louis lead 3-0)
Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 Columbus Blue Jackets (OT) (Game 3, Pittsburgh lead 3-0)
Montreal Canadiens 3-1 New York Rangers (Game 3, Montreal lead 2-1)
Edmonton Oilers 1-0 San Jose Sharks (Game 3, Edmonton leads 2-1)

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