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Sports Matt Calvert lifts Blue Jackets past Capitals in OT

06:57  16 april  2018
06:57  16 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

Artemi Panarin scores OT winner as Blue Jackets come back to beat Capitals

  Artemi Panarin scores OT winner as Blue Jackets come back to beat Capitals Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Panarin made an incredible individual move to drive by fellow Russian Dmitry Orlov and went backhand-to-forehand to beat Philipp Grubauer top shelf. Game 2 is Sunday night in Washington. Alexander Wennberg, Thomas Vanek and Seth Jones scored in regulation, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots for Columbus, which got two power-play goals to continue a strong trend since the trade deadline.

Matt Calvert scored in overtime, and the Blue Jackets posted a 5-4 win against the Capitals to grab a 2-0 series lead.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

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WASHINGTON - Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 in on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Calvert's goal held up after the NHL situation room reviewed the play for a possible offside. Calvert was just onside when Josh Anderson brought the puck into the zone.

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. The Blue Jackets stunned the Metropolitan Division-champion Capitals with back-to-back overtime wins.

Capitals beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in 2OT, pull to 2-1 in series

  Capitals beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in 2OT, pull to 2-1 in series Capitals beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in 2OT, pull to 2-1 in seriesCOLUMBUS, Ohio - The Washington Capitals needed a lucky bounce to finally get an overtime win in Game 3 in their intense first-round playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert , obscured, celebrates his game-winning goal with Artemi Panarin (9), Mark Letestu (55), Josh Anderson (77), Brandon Dubinsky (17) during overtime in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals , Sunday, April

Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves and the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Cam Atkinson scored twice, Anderson had a goal at even strength and Zack Werenski added one on the power play for the Blue Jackets, who have the odds on their side. In Stanley Cup playoff history, 86.4 per cent of teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win it.

Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie also scored for Washington, with Oshie tying it on a power play with 3:35 left in the third period.

PENGUINS 5, FLYERS 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists and Matt Murray stopped 26 shots to help Pittsburgh silence a raucous Philadelphia crowd and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Two of the so-called fiercest rivals in the NHL have provided three lopsided games: Pittsburgh's 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphia's 5-1 victory in Game 2 could about qualify as nail-bitters in this series.

Everything suddenly seems possible for the Capitals

  Everything suddenly seems possible for the Capitals After the Capitals lost their second overtime game in a row to the Blue Jackets to start their Eastern Conference quarterfinal, it was a fair observation to point out that Washington was probably screwed. Almost nine in 10 teams to start series in an 0-2 hole go on to lose them, and the Capitals were in a goaltending free fall that threatened them existentially. On Tuesday, one double-OT bounce in the other direction changed everything. The puck that caromed off Zach Werenski’s skate and into his own net gave the Capitals a 3-2 road win in Game 3.

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert , obscured, celebrates his game-winning goal with Artemi Panarin (9), Mark Letestu (55), Josh Anderson (77), Brandon Dubinsky (17) during overtime in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals , on April 15

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert comes up clutch to bury his own rebound past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to win Game 2 in 2 OT for the Jackets .

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Crosby scored his fourth goal of the series in the first period, and Derick Brassard, Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin scored in the second to make it 4-0. Malkin and Dumoulin scored 5 seconds apart.

Justin Schultz made it 5-1 in the third on Pittsburgh's third power-play goal of the game.

Brian Elliott, yanked in Game 1, had another rough outing and might need to borrow fellow Wells Fargo Center tenant Joel Embiid's black mask to have a better look at the puck.

WILD 6, JETS 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back against Winnipeg the Western Conference series.

The Wild will try to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 in Game 4 at home Tuesday night.

Jordan Greenway scored his first NHL goal just 20 seconds after Eric Staal sent a wrist shot past past a struggling Connor Hellebuyck, who was pulled for Steve Mason at the second intermission.

Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno bookended the furious middle frame with goals for the Wild, who won a post-season home game for only the second time in their last nine contests. Mikko Koivu and Nick Seeler each had two assists and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves, keeping the crowd loud all night.

Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets.

The Capitals have to get over their Penguins problem .
Now that the Blue Jackets are officially out of the way, the Metropolitan Division final is what everyone knew it would be before the playoffs started. The Penguins and Capitals will start a blockbuster second-round series in Washington later this week. The Pens have won five Stanley Cups, and they’ve gone through the Caps for every one of them. The Caps have won zero, with the Pens sucking out their blood consistently. Pittsburgh’s drive for a third Stanley Cup in a row now runs through D.C. again, and the Capitals’ quest for playoff salvation is in oncoming traffic. Again.

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