For the second straight game, the Caps took a two-goal lead on home ice vs. the Blue Jackets.
For the second straight game, the Caps committed a couple of unnecessary penalties, coughed up that lead and eventually fell in overtime. Philipp Grubauer, the starter for both Game 1 and Game 2, was pulled before the start of the third period.
And now — following a dispiriting 5-4 defeat Sunday night — the three-time Metro Division champs find themselves down two-games-to-none, with the first round series shifting to Columbus for a pivotal Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Tarik's Three Stars of Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game 2
1. Cam Atkinson, Blue Jackets
Atkinson scored on a breakaway late in the first period to trim Washington’s lead to 2-1.
Then the 5-foot-8, first line winger sniped one on the power play in the second period to even things 3-3.
2. Sergei Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets
Bobrovsky did exactly what Vezina Trophy winning goalies do: when his team needed him most, he was their best player.
The 29-year-old Russian stopped a total of 54 shots, including 20 of 21 in the third period as a desperate Caps team threw everything at him… including an Alex Ovechkin mini-breakaway.
Bob got that one, too.
3. Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
After the morning skate, the Caps’ captain acknowledged that he needed to be better than he was in Game 1. And boy was he ever.
Ovechkin scored from his office on the power play in the first period to stretch the Caps’ lead to 2-0.
He struck again on the power play early in the second period to put Washington up 3-1.
Alas, his pair of goals and 10 shots on net weren’t enough.
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