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Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Blue Jackets will be Sergei Bobrovsky and he will be opposed by Braden Holtby.
On the bright side, the Capitals aren't ruling out the possibility of Burakovsky returning during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, at least if they can advance beyond this first-round series against Columbus. The Blue Jackets need to prevent Washington from getting shots and need to start taking more themselves.
The Stanley Cup playoffs are synonymous with stress and anxiety, and the Round 1 series between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets has been no exception. During the regular season, he was 37-28 with a 2.42 GAA and a.921 save percentage overall, including 17-15 with a 2.67 GAA and a.913 save percentage on the road. It's a 2-2 series, which the Blue Jackets would gladly have accepted a week ago. Washington is averaging over 41 shots per game.
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They're still on the bottom of the table on 24 points, nine points behind Swansea in 17th, but the Swans have a game in hand. Liverpool met Manchester City four times this season, across all competitions, and they won three times .
Burakovsky suffered the injury in Sunday's Game 2 when he was hit by Columbus forward Boone Jenner near the boards.
With the overtime curse on the series broken, the Capitals next hope to become the first team to win at home and make it three straight wins in Game 5 on Saturday. It's not clear if he will play in Game 5 on Saturday. He was one of the Caps' more effective players in the playoffs past year, accounting for six points (three goals) in 13 games while coming in at plus-5. 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. The Capitals' defenseman has eight points in the series and is averaging over 28 minutes per game. Will Washington be the first team to win on their home ice in Game 5 this afternoon in a pivotal contest with Columbus?
The Capitals got their second halfway through the second period on a power play when Oshie flicked in a rebound. The pressure of winning two in a row would be too much for this young, inexperienced team. The road team is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
Patrice Bergeron, part of a top line that combined for 20 points in the Bruins' two home victories to open the series, was a surprise late scratch with an upper-body injury. Ovechkin's third-period goal made it 3-0.