Capitals drop series opener to Blue Jackets

2018 NHL First-Round Playoff Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets Playoff Experience Pales in Comparison to Caps

"That tonight was one of those games where we talked to each other, we pumped each other up, we felt good and it never felt like we were going to lose this one".

To capitalize the Caps' power play, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first goal to draw blood.

Tom Wilson checks the Blue Jackets' Ian Cole against the boards during the third period, but it was his hit against Columbus's Alexander Wennberg that caught the NHL's attention.

However, the Blue Jackets were able to kill off the remainder of the penalty, and slowly clawed their way back into the game. "That's a critical moment, [and] I've just got to be better".

"We traded away a really good player in (Brandon) Saad to get him; but he's a different type of player, a guy who makes something out of nothing", Tortorella said. Maybe pass up on that hit. We've got the lead there so maybe a big hit is not needed.

In this game, Washington jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to the two goals from Kuznetsov.

The Blue Jackets, who at one point were down to just nine forwards, seemed to be galvanized by the quick return of one of them; captain Nick Foligno, who was struck in the face while blocking a slapshot, only missed a shift or two before coming back early in the third period. "Obviously, if he's still standing up, I think there's nothing wrong with that, but he ended up falling and reaching for the puck, and I'm not sure what happened after that". It's not a big deal to them when they lose players. They regularly get outshot as well.

Norris Trophy-contending defenceman Seth Jones made things happen to send the game to overtime in the building where father Popeye spent two of his 11 National Basketball Association seasons.

To put it in perspective, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have played 97 and 96 postseason games respectively.

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But I think that the forecast is for quite some different temperatures, some 20ºC [68F] hotter track temperature. The Briton, like Vettel a four times world champion, has won in Shanghai an unprecedented five times.

Panarin wheeled around Washington defenceman Dmitry Orlov and beat goaltender Philipp Grubauer, of Germany, with a shot to the top half of the net in front of a crowd of 18,500 at the Capital One Arena in Washington.

It was perhaps the worst first-round Game 1 playoff loss the Capitals have suffered since the infamous 3-2 overtime loss to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in 2010.

"I looked at it, and I'm going to let the league look at it", he said. "I thought he was fine".

For Columbus (45-30-7, first Eastern Conference wild card), Sergei Bobrovsky has been one of the league's top goaltenders but has not carried that success into the postseason.

Washington coach Barry Trotz didn't exactly have the same take on his team's effort. "You just have to stay focused and play your game no matter what".

Carrier, Kempny, Wennberg and Wingels are all day-to-day with "upper-body" injuries — the customarily vague description in the National Hockey League — with their statuses legitimately uncertain moving forward.

"I'm glad it wasn't anything too, too serious", Foligno said. Elsewhere, forwards T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Lars Eller bring heavy games to the table - flawless for the playoffs.

Evander Kane scored twice in a dominant second period and Martin Jones made 25 saves to record the shutout as San Jose opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a win over Anaheim. Washington went to overtime for the seventh time in its past 14 playoff games.

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