Calvert scores in OT, Blue Jackets up 2-0 on Capitals

Angelo Anderson
April 17, 2018

National Hockey League playoff action on Tuesday evening and a couple of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Washington Capitals pay a visit to Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio to rumble with the Columbus Blue Jackets in game three of their best-of-seven series. Trotz pulled him in favor of Braden Holtby, who shut out the Blue Jackets for the third period and more than 12 minutes of overtime, until Matt Calvert dumped the game-winner past him. Matt Calvert scored the victor in OT with Werenski, Seth Jones and Artemi Panarin all adding two helpers to make Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and his 54 saves a victor.

As for killing penalties when they inevitably happen, Washington is only 4-for-8 this series despite an 80.3 percent success rate in the regular season.

Sergei Bobrovsky is a fine goaltender for the Blue Jackets, but his performance alone can not explain why the Capitals lost Game 2 despite taking 58 shots, 52 in regulation. They must now try and get back on track on the road, but the Blue Jackets have been a solid home team, so it will not be easy.

Cody Eakin tied it at 6:10 of the third, and William Karlsson scored 21 seconds after Neal's goal to make it 3-1 in a final-period flurry for the Golden Knights, whose storybook debut season just keeps getting more exciting and more outlandish.

Columbus trailed 2-0 in each of the first two games yet holds a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven set. Andre Burakovsky left Game 2 early on with an upper-body injury and is now day-to-day.

Game 3 of the series is in Columbus on Tuesday night at 7.30 p.m. ET. Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno bookended the furious middle frame with goals for the Wild, who won a postseason home game for only the second time in their last nine contests.

The Washington Capitals blew Game 1 at home to the Columbus Blue Jackets, so there's no way they could find a way to lose Game 2, right?

For a team that has lost consecutive home games to open the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals are undoubtedly frustrated, but not hopeless.

The most Capitals outcome for this series, of course, would be a Game 7 multiple-overtime loss at Capital One Arena on April 25 that ends closer to Metro's opening time the following morning than Metro's closing time that night.

The Blue Jackets were called for eight penalties in Game 2 and still managed to win, but not before T.J. Oshie almost made them pay by forcing overtime with a late-game power-play strike.

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"Obviously we have opportunities to finish it up, but we didn't, two games in a row", Alex Ovechkin said.

Barton eventually was helped off the ice by a trainer from each team. They didn't get any, however, so I told one of the kids to put their glove on. Barden Holtby will be back in the crease for the Capitals and while he has struggled on the road, we note that he has gone 14-6 with a 2.62 GAA against the Blue Jackets in his career. Barton went down with an apparent knee injury, and his fellow officials stopped a Washington rush up ice.

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