Prior to the puck drop for Game 2 between the Capitals and Blue Jackets, Washington forward Brett Connolly was trying to be a nice guy. The Blue Jackets will have two straight home games starting on Tuesday, Apr 17.
The two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender continued his playoff reputation rehab tour by keeping his team in the game. But a delay of game penalty on Werenski set the stage for T.J. Oshie's tying goal on the power play with 3:35 left. Washington outshot Columbus 21-5 in the third as Bobrovsky made several big stops, including one on Nicklas Backstrom when he didnt know where the puck was and another minutes later when a shot banked off the post and his left skate and he covered up in the crease.
Two of the so-called fiercest rivals in the National Hockey League have provided three lopsided games: Pittsburghs 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphias 5-1 victory in Game 2 could about qualify as nail-bitters in this series.
Game 4 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The Caps dropped Game 2 in OT and now trail the Blue Jackets 2-0 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Malkin and Dumoulin scored 5 seconds apart.
LOS ANGELES (AP) James Neal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:37 to play, and the Vegas Golden Knights rallied from a third-period deficit to move to the brink of the expansion franchise's first playoff series victory.
Brian Elliott, yanked in Game 1, had another rough outing and might need to borrow fellow Wells Fargo Center tenant Joel Embiids black mask to have a better look at the puck.
Werenski tallied the go-ahead goal when he got a shot from the point to go beyond the reach of all four Capitals penalty killers and into the net with 1:08 to play in the second period.
Beagle returning after missing four games with an upper-body injury, Capitals F Jakub Vrana was a healthy scratch after recording an assist and committing two turnovers in 6:58 of ice time in Game 1. The Jackets would storm back in the second period with three goals from three different players.
Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno bookended the furious middle frame with goals for the Wild, who won a postseason home game for only the second time in their last nine contests.
Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets.