In Game Two, the Caps scored first, dominated play during even strength, and got goals from their best player. But they committed bad penalties, they couldn’t beat the opposing goalie, their own backstop was woefully subpar, and they blew multiple leads. It was another classic Washington Capitals playoff game, and it was another excruciating loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Caps took an early lead with a Jay Beagle tip-in goal and then doubled down with Alex Ovechkin recording one on the power play. Cam Atkinson got a jailbreak pass to make it 2-1 heading into the second period, where Alex Ovechkin recorded yet another power-play goal, but hold up right there. The Blue Jackets scored three second-period goals (Anderson, Atkinson, Werenski) to erase the Caps’ lead and take one of their own heading into the third.
Braden Holtby relieved Philipp Grubauer for the final frame of regulation. The Caps put up a mighty and desperate effort to come back, but it took a gift of many late power plays and one nifty shot from TJ Oshie for them to tie it late. The inspirational comeback was all for naught. Matt Calvert won it in overtime.
Blue Jackets beat Caps 5-4. Blue Jackets lead the series 2-0.
The Washington Capitals absolutely needed to win Game Two to stay competitive in their first-round series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
With the Capitals trailing 4-3 late in Game Two, TJ Oshie scored one of the biggest goals of his career, one-timing a shot past Sergei Bobrovsky on the power play.
The goal, which came with 3:35 remaining in the third, would send Game Two to overtime.
Everybody’s favorite NHL commissioner was in the house for Game Two between the Capitals and Blue Jackets: Gary Bettman.
And instead of sitting in Ted Leonsis’s Owner’s Box, Gary sat with the Capital One Arena crowd.
There you are, Ovi.
Alex Ovechkin has scored his first goal of the postseason. You’ll never guess how, unless you guess on the power play from the Ovi Spot, in which case, yeah, good guess, that was it.
Just like we drew it up, the Caps have struck first in Game Two thanks to a goal by Jay Beagle with a primary assist by Brooks Orpik.
The 20-year-old Stockholm native is set to appear in his first senior game for his country, as head coach Rikard Grönborg prepares his squad for the World Championships in Copenhagen in May. Jonsson-Fjällby has been selected to play in the Carlson Hockey Games, a tournament held in Russia and the Czech Republic. The tournament will take place April 19-22.
The Caps return to playoff action tonight in DC, trying to even up their first round series with the Blue Jackets. The bad news for the Caps is they’ll have to do this short-handed, as they’ll be without Jake Vrana and Christian Djoos, arguably their fifth best forward and fourth best defenseman this season. Both will be on nacho duty because head coach Barry Trotz has elected to make them healthy scratches. Interesting.
Jay Beagle will return and Michal Kempny is good to go after his injury in Game One.
Puck drop tonight is at 7:30 PM and will be carried locally on NBCSW.
From this morning’s skate, it appears that forward Jay Beagle will return to active play, taking the place of Jakub Vrana. As reported yesterday, Barry Trotz will stick with Philipp Grubauer in net.
Former Capitals forward Alexander Semin got himself into a bit of hot water recently in his home town of Krasnoyarsk. Worse yet, he did it on camera, landing him on a viral video series called “Auto-jerks of Krasnoyarsk.”
As reported by Gazyeta.ru, Semin was behind the wheel of his Toyota pickup when he’d had enough of the traffic and decided to try his luck in the oncoming lane.
It didn’t go well.
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