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Sports Caps top Blue Jackets 4-1 to even series at 2 games each

06:45  20 april  2018
06:45  20 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Home » Washington Capitals » Caps top Blue Jackets … COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4 - 1 on Thursday night to even their playoff series at two

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists assist to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4 - 1 to even their playoff series at two games apiece. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Caps top Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night to even their playoff series at two games apiece.

Tom Wilson and Alexander Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist, and T.J. Oshie also scored for the workmanlike Capitals, who won this time in regulation after the first three games of the best-of-7 series were decided in overtime. Game 5 is Saturday afternoon in Washington.

Columbus had overcome multi-goal deficits to win the first two games in Washington. When the series shifted to Columbus on Tuesday, the Capitals prevailed in double-overtime.

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, Ohio (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4 - 1 on Thursday night to even their playoff series at two games apiece. Tom Wilson and Alexander Ovechkin each had a goal and

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4 - 1 on Thursday night to even their playoff series at two games apiece.

This one lacked the intensity of the first three, and there was no comeback magic for the Blue Jackets. In fact, they were just flat through a good chunk of the first two periods, chasing pucks and flubbing passes. They finally seem to get out of the quicksand near the end of the second period after coach John Tortorella started switching up the lines.

Boone Jenner scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves for Columbus.

Washington led 1-0 after the opening period. Just after Columbus' Thomas Vanek knocked the puck out of the blue paint with his glove, Kuznetsov shovelled the carom from the right boards out to Wilson, who connected from above the circle at 6:16.

The Capitals got their second halfway through the second period on a power play when Oshie flicked in a rebound. Ovechkin's third-period goal made it 3-0.

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, Ohio (AP) Game 4 lacked the intensity of the three before it, and no overtime heroics were necessary. Instead, the workmanlike Washington Capitals turned in their most complete game of the playoffs, putting away the Columbus Blue Jackets to tie their series at two games apiece.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists assist to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4 - 1 to even their playoff series at two games apiece.

Jenner redirected Josh Anderson's slap shot 6:22 into the third to make it a 3-1 game and finally give the record Nationwide Arena crowd of 19,395 something to cheer about. Kuznetsov added an empty-net goal with 2:19 left in the game.

NOTES: Washington F Andre Burakovsky missed a second game with an upper-body injury. It's not clear if he will play in Game 5 on Saturday. ... The Capitals have scored the first goal in all four playoff games. ... Washington has seven power-play goals in the series. ... Ovechkin has three goals and three assists in the four games.

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Barry Trotz not ready to talk about Penguins yet .
The Washington Capitals may have advanced in the playoffs to face the Pittsburgh Penguins next, but Barry Trotz is not ready to talk about that series yet. Trotz was asked after Monday night’s series-ending 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets about facing Pittsburgh again. He said he didn’t want to go there. Barry Trotz was asked about playing the Penguins for a third straight year. His response: “We’ll talk about CBJ. I’m not talking about the next opponent. Please. Let me breathe.” — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) April 24, 2018 You can understand Trotz’s reaction for a few reasons. First, teams and coaches are entitled to celebrate a series win before thinking about their next opponent. Secondly, facing the Penguins isn’t just any other series. Washington and Pittsburgh have met in the playoffs the past two years, with the Penguins winning each time. The teams have met 10 times in the playoffs, and only once has Washington won — in 1994. The Caps have been one of the most beleaguered NHL teams in the postseason. This is yet another chance to finally overcome that.

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