Capitals' OT win cuts into Jackets' series lead

Capitals' OT win cuts into Jackets' series lead

Capitals' OT win cuts into Jackets' series lead

Metropolitan Division ahead Alexander Ovechkin (8) of those Washington Capitals celebrates his goal from the Atlantic Division All Stars throughout the 2018 NHL All Star Game in Amalie Arena.

The Capitals face a daunting task after dropping a pair of home games in overtime to open the series against a Columbus team that are getting solid goaltending from two-time Vezina Trophy victor Sergei Bobrovsky. Grubauer started Game 1 of the series, also a Washington loss, and allowed four goals on 27 shots.

National Hockey League playoff action resumes at Nationwide Arena where the Columbus Blue Jackets host the Washington Capitals in game four on Thursday.

While Ovechkin could very well steer his team back into the series, he will have to overcome less-than-ideal odds from there as all five teams that have lost the first two games of a best-of-seven set in overtime have all gone on to lose the series. Lars Eller eventually scored a fluky game-winning goal in the second OT period. Since the start of the playoffs a year ago Fleury now has a.935 save percentage in 19 games with four shutouts.

"I just think we found our confidence at the right time and feel good about ourselves", Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said after the 5-4 victory in Game 2 on Sunday night.

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Look at his Game 1 overtime victor. And in Game 3, Panarin was the author of another great assist and his 2-on-1 goal with Atkinson was the tying marker that sent the contest to overtime.

BC-HKN-Capitals-Blue Jackets, 1st Ld-Writethru, 628 Capitals beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in 2OT, pull to 2-1 in seriesAP Photo OHPV111, OHPV110, OHPV107, OHPV109, OHPV108, OHPV112, OHPV106, OHPV105, OHPV104, OHPV102, OHPV101, OHPV103Eds: Blue Jackets 3, Capitals 2, 2OT.

The dead horse that is the Washington Capitals' playoff struggles has been beaten so hard, it came back to life only to get killed again. Going into the second overtime, a few more jokes come out. This is the fourth time in franchise history Columbus has made it to the post-season, but the organization has never advanced. The 28-year-old had a.886 save percentage over his final 17 starts of the season starting February 1 with an 8-7-2 record.

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