The Blue Jackets gave it their all in a 5-4 overtimeloss to the Penguins, andZach Werenski has the battle wound to prove it.
The 19-year-old rookie defensemantook a puck to the face in the second period of Sunday's crucial Game 3 matchup but briefly returned in the third period. However, Werenski was forced to sit out duringovertime because he could not see out of his injured right eye.
— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 17, 2017
Werenski tweeted a gruesome selfie later Sunday evening, revealing a swollen and bruised eye with a number of stitches across his cheekbone.
Playoff hockey... pic.twitter.com/4GNoLYVECu
— Zach Werenski (@ZachWerenski) April 17, 2017
Werenski, who logged11 goals and 36 assists in the regular season, also recordedhis first playoff goal in the first period ofSunday's game to give the Blue Jacketsan early 3-1 lead before the Penguins rallied for a comeback victory. He was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason with a facial fracture on Monday.
Pittsburgh holds a 3-0 series lead, but will have to beat Columbusonhome ice again in Game 4 on Tuesday to secure its spot in the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.