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How does a team handle being on the wrong end of a historic moment?

How does a team handle being on the wrong end of a historic moment?

For every historic moment in sports, there’s another side to the story.

The Soviets remember the 1980 Miracle on Ice a lot differently than Team USA does. There are fans in Utah who still argue Michael Jordan pushed off Bryon Russell in the 1998 NBA Finals.

For every great team moment, there’s an opponent. For every major goal, there’s a goalie who was beaten.

On Monday, the Winnipeg Jets found themselves on the wrong side of Alex Ovechkin’s 600th career goal which left them with conflicting emotions of admiration and frustration.

“Talk about some bad bounces,” goalie Connor Hellebuyck said after the game. “It hits my glove and just absolutely rockets out of it. I made a couple saves before that too. It was his time to score, I guess.”

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“I was pretty close watching it,” Patrik Laine said. “I was in a good spot. Just behind him. I was there when he made history, so I can maybe watch that someday and show that I was there getting the minus on the ice.”

When asked if there was any extra emotion among the Jets over Ovechkin’s milestone, Blake Wheeler was blunt.

“Well, he plays for the other team so not really.”

A game that was promoted as Ovechkin vs. Laine battling for supremacy in the Rocket Richard race certainly lived up to its billing. While Ovechkin scored twice, Laine scored a goal of its own, a third period tally that tied the game at 2 and ultimately forced overtime.

Afterward, however, Laine did not see the silver lining of his performance in what was ultimately a losing effort.

“I'm not satisfied with that,” he said. “We were looking for the win and didn't get it so I'm not satisfied. And I'm not happy that I scored and he scored, but maybe later.”

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Obviously the Jets were not blind to the historical context of Ovechkin’s performance. For them, getting two points mattered more than the accomlishment of their opponent.

The admiration was certainly there – the Jets held back from the faceoff circle after the goal allowing the fans to further recognize Ovechkin – but Winnipeg was focused on trying to win, not on being a footnote to history.

“Six hundred goals is incredible, especially at his age,” Wheeler said. “Wasn't something we focused on, but I'm sure every guy probably acknowledges some time on the ice, congrats. It's a pretty rare accomplishment, especially nowadays.”

As for how Hellebuyck handled being on the wrong end of Ovechkin’s 600th goal, well, he’s used to it by now.

In just the third season of his NHL career, Hellebuyck has already been a frequent victim to history. He was in net when Sidney Crosby scored his 1,000th point on Feb. 16, 2017, and he was also in net when Phil Kessel scored goal No. 300 on Oct. 26, 2017.

“I'm definitely going to be in some historical film,” Hellebuyck said.

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Game 5 Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 5 Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Alex Ovechkin said the Caps would return to Washington with a tied series. The Caps captain is a man of his word as the Caps won both Game 3 and Game 4 to even up the series at two games apiece.

John Tortorella had no answers after seeing his Columbus Blue Jackets fall in Game 4, but he will have to figure things out quickly as the series shifts back to Washington for a pivotal Game 5.

The Caps return home with two straight wins and all the momentum. There's just one problem: No one seemingly can win at home.

What: Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Round 1, Game 5

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 3:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 5 will be broadcast on NBC.

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 5 on NBC Sports' live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?

The Capitals take on the Blue Jackets in Game 5 on Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET in Washington. The series is tied 2-2.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME ON?

Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 5 will be broadcast on NBC. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 2:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 2:30 p.m. Tune back to NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 6:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

2:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
2:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
3:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Blue Jackets on NBC
5:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
6:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?

Capitals-Blue Jackets Game 5 is available to stream live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?

Here are the Caps' projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly- Lars Eller - Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana -  Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Scratches: Travis Boyd, Andre Burakovsky (upper-body), Shane Gerisch, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

SEE THE CAPITALS VS. BLUE JACKETS FULL SERIES SCHEDULE HERE

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Now it's a series

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Now it's a series

The Caps looked to be in real trouble after blowing leads and losing in overtime in both Game 1 and Game 2.

After two straight wins, however, Washington is in control against the Columbus Blue Jackets as the series returns to Washington, D.C. for Game 5. 

On the latest eipisode of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about what changed for the Capitals between Game 2 and 3, as well as resetting their series predictions.

And as always, they answer several viewer questions.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page