Will Washington be able to even the series at a game apiece tonight as it hosts Game 2? With AP Photos.Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the victor 12:22 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin to beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
The last National Hockey League team to lose the first two games of a best-of-seven series at home in overtime was the New Jersey Devils, who did so in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings. "It's a bridge that we have crossed and I hope we stay on the right side. It's a bit of a swagger they have".
Columbus heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday two victories away from advancing to the second round for the first time in franchise history. Special teams have defined this series so far because both teams' penalty kills have been shoddy - but this wouldn't be such a grave issue if fewer penalties were committed in the first place. Trotz said. "Philipp's been really good". The Canadiens went on to lose the Stanley Cup to the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games, with every contest decided in overtime. "And penalties obviously cost us the past two games". Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Capitals will be Braden Holtby and the Blue Jackets will counter with Sergei Bobrovsky. He made 37 saves in Game 1, 40 more in Game 2 and the Wild still go home (7 p.m. EDT, USA) trying to avoid falling behind 3-0. "I wouldn't say so much Game 1, but last night they came". "It doesn't matter what's in the past".
"I'm preparing like I'm going to play". No team that has fallen behind 2-0 with consecutive overtime losses at home has even managed to force a Game 7. "Each moment is huge right now and you just have to be ready".
The Capitals blitzed the Blue Jackets for the second game in a row thanks to a deflection goal by Jay Beagle and a power-play goal courtesy of Alex Ovechkin. They honestly could have and should have won this game despite the mental lapses. The Capitals, in extreme Capitals fashion, let two separate two-goal leads slip through their fingers.
"I don't think anybody's gotten faster [over the past month]", Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "Maybe we should just work on a more serious game". We can't be (taking penalties) all that time. "That has to be straightened out moving forward".
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Alexander Ovechkin is much-maligned basically any time he falls short of a hat trick in the postseason it seems, due to Washington's inability to make it far into the playoffs over the past decade.
Of course, it was an entirely different book after the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Brian Elliott in a 7-0 drubbing in the first game of their series. And they've taken advantage of the Capitals' untimely mistakes-something a veteran team like Washington is supposed to do.
So while there's a sense of urgency for the Metropolitan Division champions given their past playoff failures, it's not yet desperation.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters Monday that some "individual mistakes" are hindering the team performance he insists has been satisfactory overall. "There's just not a lot of room for error". You're going to see us dig in.
The Caps would eventually fall in overtime, but it's not like they went down without a fight. We're going to see something happen here.
Columbus' Nick Foligno and brother Marcus, a forward for Minnesota, are in the playoffs together for the first time and got off to a rough-and-tumble start.