Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski ruled out of playoffs because of facial fractures

The Columbus Blue Jackets, trailing 3-0 in their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, won't have their top defenseman no matter how long they last in the playoffs.

Zach Werenski has been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs with facial fractures sustained when a shot from Phil Kessel struck him in the face in the second period Sunday night, coach John Tortorella told reporters Monday.

As Werenski, face bleeding, tried to get to the bench for a line change, the Penguins tied the game at 3. They ended up winning 5-4 in overtime.

Werenski left briefly, returned in the third period but then went back to the locker room during overtime because the swelling had caused his right eye to shut.

Werenski, who finished seventh in rookie scoring with 47 points, tallied his first career playoff goal against the Penguins on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets host the Penguins on Tuesday.

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