"Sid and the Kids" are growing up on the job.
"When they're in that offensive zone, they're as risky an offensive line as there is in the game for me", Sullivan said.
Sadly for Werenski and the Blue Jackets, they fell to a 5-4 defeat in overtime. However, Werenski was forced to sit out during overtime because he could not see out of his injured right eye.
Fear not, though. Nothing that happened in Game 4 suggests that the Jackets have what it takes to mount a historic comeback. Despite Werenski's gruesome injury, referees let play continue, and Pittsburgh's Bryan Rust took advantage of the de facto power play to score the game-tying goal on a pass from Evgeni Malkin.
The absence of Matt Murray in net for Pittsburgh initially caused some panic for the Penguins, but Marc-Andre Fleury has been a solid fill-in as the team's goalie. They have increased their production this year and are a big reason why the Penguins are winning.
The Blue Jackets have hardly looked like the monsters they were for a majority of the season.
It ended another tough night for Bobrovsky, whose goals against average (3.49) and save percentage (.897) are among the worst in the playoffs' opening round. The Jackets continue to play physical and aggressive hockey, and are offensively generating a lot of shots.
Columbus built a 3-0 lead 4:48 into the second period. 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. The young legs of the Maple Leafs are giving the slower-footed Capitals defensemen some fits, and I don't expect that to change as the series heads to Toronto tonight (semi-bold prediction: Toronto 4, Washington 3).
The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 3-0 with a chance for a sweep on Tuesday night in Nationwide Arena. Sheary did the hard part: poke-checking the puck away from Bobrovsky behind the Columbus net and getting it to Guentzel in front.
Fleury is doing his job and then some for the Penguins right now.
"No matter what period we're in, we have to have the puck more", Tortorella said. "He eventually just held onto it and I was able to create a turnover".
There are plenty of Blue Jackets who have failed to elevate their games, but they are not relied upon as much as Bobrovsky. After a lackluster end to the season and a flat Game 1, the Jackets played with aggression.