“I’m not sure if we got any possession or not,” Tortorella said after the game when asked whether he thought that play should have been whistled dead after Werenski blocked Phil Kessel’s shot with his face. “It’s their call. I’ve seen it called both ways. I don’t think we got puck possession, but I’ve still seen on plays like that refs blow it dead right away. They decided not to.”
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Werenski, being the tough hockey player that he is, returned to the game in the third period with a full visor to protect the nasty gash beneath his swollen right eye and his plugged right nostril.
Werenski, 19, didn’t play in the ensuing overtime period because his eye was essentially swollen shut, but what he could see wasn’t pretty. Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel gave the Penguins a 5-4 win and a commanding 3-0 lead in the first-round series with a goal 13:10 into overtime.
It was a brutal loss for the Blue Jackets, who scored 11 seconds into the game and took a 3-1 lead on Werenski’s first career playoff goal later in the period.
Werenski, who finished with 47 points during the regular season, tweeted a photo of his damaged face after the game along with a simple message: “Playoff hockey.”