Surging Capitals aim to close out Blue Jackets

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Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m., CNBC. He has a 1.66 GAA and a.936 save percentage against the Blue Jackets.

The win sends the series back to the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. tied at 2-2, and makes it a best-of-three over Games 5 through 7.

Holtby made several sick saves in the third period as the Blue Jackets poured on the pressure in the last frame. Toronto outlasts the Bruins in a low-scoring game and extends the series to seven games.

Columbus has converted on just 17.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the bottom 10 overall among National Hockey League teams.

Said defenseman John Carlson, "We came out as a new team in overtime". When the series shifted to Columbus on Tuesday, the Capitals prevailed on a lucky bounce in double-overtime. Ovechkin has three goals and three assists in the four games.

Columbus had overcome multi-goal deficits to win the first two games in Washington.

Three straight overtime finishes to start the postseason?

Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky will have minor surgery to fix an upper-body injury and miss the rest of the first-round series against Columbus. He's 5-8 against the Pens the last two years in the playoffs, allowing 33 goals in 13 games.

It's rarely easy for the Capitals, who are 2-5 in their past five chances to eliminate an opponent and 6-11 overall in those situations in the Alex Ovechkin era. Oshie. The Jackets have to find a way to be more disciplined.

Columbus has already amassed 9.6 percent of its total penalties from the regular season and 10.4 percent of its total penalty minutes in just 6.1 percent of the games played. Also, he responded to a question about Alexander Wennberg (who returned from injury and was an important presence for the Jackets) with just "He played good", and one about two-goal hero Matt Calvert with just "He played well". The Caps continued carrying the play and heavily outshot Columbus, adding to their lead with an Ovechkin strike early in the third. "Stuff like that. There's just so many what-ifs in the playoffs and you kind of realize how important every single play is". Nick Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky, Thomas Vanek and Mark Letestu have all been quiet this postseason.

The best series of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs continues Saturday afternoon in the nation's capital.

The Blue Jackets will have the opportunity to record their home victory Monday night. This is something that has stuck with Capitals fans and player through coaching and general manager changes.

The Jackets were playing much better in this game and a couple stretches where they were completely controlling the game.

Columbus has lost the last three games to dig themselves into a 3-2 hole. The two-time Vezina Trophy victor has to play significantly better if they are going to win. "We'll be back here for Game 7".

  • Joanne Flowers