COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Bryan Rust added two goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves.
Guentzel is the first Pittsburgh rookie to get a playoff hat trick.
The defending champion Penguins will go for the sweep in Columbus on Tuesday night.
After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period.
But the Penguins regained their composure and pushed back hard during the second period to tie the score at 3-3.
BLUES 3, WILD 1: Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead St. Louis to a win over visiting Minnesota for a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Colton Parayko also scored and Alexander Steen added an empty-netter for the Blues, who will try to sweep the series Wednesday night in St. Louis.
Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, which got 28 saves from Devan Dubnyk.
CANADIENS 3, RANGERS 1: Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal to a victory in New York, giving the Canadiens 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.
Radulov, who got the overtime winner in Game 2 on Friday night after Tomas Plekanec tied the game with 18 seconds left in regulation, has two goals and three assists in the last two games.
Brady Skjei spoiled Price’s shutout bid with 2:56 remaining, getting his first playoff goal.