Blue Jackets, Capitals look to take series lead

22 April, 2018, 02:48 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Washington Capitals even up first-round series with Game 4 win over Columbus Blue Jackets

While Tomas Plekanec was able to tie the game seven minutes later, the Bruins did a good job of limiting Toronto's scoring opportunities.

Saturday afternoon National Hockey League playoff action and a couple of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Columbus Blue Jackets pay a visit to the Verizon Center in Washington, rumble with the Washington Capitals in game five of their best-of-seven series. "Someone's going to take the lead in this series, and then your back's against the wall". "We'll make a decision tomorrow on that, so we won't rule him out and we won't say he's definitely going to play. But I think we have been since we got here, and we've just got to do it at home". Columbus put up nine goals in the two wins in Washington, but all they could muster in the two home losses were three total goals.

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Grabbing the game-four win was Braden Holtby, who stopped 23 of the 24 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 2-1 with a 1.33 GAA and a.940 save percentage in the series and 31-31 with a 1.97 GAA and a.932 save percentage in the postseason in his career. "We'll try to get one back". With AP Photos.Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets and a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series. Scoring in the 4-1 win was Tom Wilson, which was his 2nd of the series and 16th of the year, T.J. Oshie, which was his 2nd of the series and 20th of the year, Alex Ovechkin, which was his 3rd of the series and 52nd of the year and Evgeny Kuznetsov, which was his 3rd of the series and 30th of the year.

For his part, Ovechkin notched a goal and an assist, while Evgeni Kuznetsov popped in a goal and two helpers.

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The Capitals scored the first goal for the fourth consecutive game. Now, the Washington Capitals have matched Sergei Bobrovsky with Braden Holtby and after four games there are many Blue Jackets fans asking why the team is struggling so badly. The teams now head back to Washington. "That was huge on our side". He was one of the Caps' more effective players in the playoffs a year ago, accounting for six points (three goals) in 13 games while coming in at plus-5. Though it could be argued they have been outplayed to some extent in each game, Thursday was a washout.

Boone Jenner cut the lead to 3-1, but it was too little too late by that point.

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The Blue Jackets have never allowed fewer than three goals in their 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games, and Holtby has allowed two goals or fewer in 41 of 62 playoff games. Coach John Tortorella confirmed his return about an hour before puck drop. I'm telling you: "We laid an egg". "We just did it in reverse order and it kinda feels like the bottom fell out, ya know?"



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