Overtime Finally Bites Blue Jackets

Kristopher Nichols
April 19, 2018

Lars Eller's overtime victor gave Capitals fans hope that they can come back and win this series, but even if they do, they have already taken a lot of mileage out of themselves.

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Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots for the Wild, who played without star left wing Zach Parise because of a broken sternum suffered in Game 3.

"It's a hell of a series", Columbus coach John Tortorella said.

But after dropping their first two games at home, the Capitals went into the lions' den in Columbus and had only one thing to say to death: not today.

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Then, Panarin sailed a pass to center Pierre Luc-Dubois on the right side of the ice, and he rifled a wrist shot out of the reach of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and into the back of the next for the equalizer with 11:18 to play in the second period. The Capitals have at least had the decency to limit fans' stress to one overtime over the past few seasons, and Tuesday marked only the second game in Washington's past 19 playoff overtime games that required multiple overtimes. The Capitals needed to get into second period before going ahead 1-0. The Blue Jackets got a break two minutes later when a goal by the Capitals' Brett Connolly was waved off after a video replay showed he was offside bringing the puck down the ice.

The Capitals took the lead back on a John Carlson power-play goal with 5:17 left in the middle period. Capitals vs Blue Jackets tv channel is on NBCSN.

NOTES: The Capitals have outshot the Blue Jackets 133-92 through the first three games. Vrana was a healthy scratch for that game. Absolutely, the crowd will be loud for the Blue Jackets to neutralize the visiting Capitals. Blue Jackets F Alexander Wennberg missed a second game after being injured in Game 1. Atkinson leads in goals with 2.0 while Panarin tops in assists with 4.

Alex Ovechkin assisted on both of Washington's second-period goals.

Since the 1920s, National Hockey League teams that go up 2-0 in a Stanley Cup Playoffs series go on to win the series 88 percent of the time.

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