Following Game 2's overtime loss, the Capitals find themselves in a 0-2 series hole against the Columbus Blue Jackets with the series shifting to Ohio. With no wins and the next two games both in Columbus, there is at least a chance that Sunday's game in Washington was the last of the season. Should the Blue Jackets win both Game 3 and Game 4, they will have swept the Caps and ended the series.
Alex Ovechkin, however, says that is not going to happen.
Following Sunday's loss, a defiant Ovechkin declared the Caps would be back in Washington for Game 5.
"You right now in hard position," he said, "But it’s going to be fun when we bounce back and going to tie the series and come back here and play Game 5 at home.”
Not only did Ovechkin declare the Caps would force a Game 5, he also went so far as to say the Caps would tie the series in Columbus.
To call it a guarantee would be too strong, but it does reflect the confidence Ovechkin continues to have in the team.
Ovechkin certainly did his part on Sunday with two goals, but the Blue Jackets were able to battle back for another come-from-behind win on the road. They were able to steal two wins in Washington, now the goal for the Caps will be to return the favor in Ohio.
Pulling off the next two wins will be easier said than done, but the Caps' playoff life now depends on it.
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