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Columbus hands Caps their third loss in four games with overtime rally

Columbus hands Caps their third loss in four games with overtime rally

The Caps looked like they would be able to suffocate Columbus' offense, but the Blue Jackets stung back for the 2-1 overtime win.

How it happened: Nicklas Backstrom broke through in the second period, skating the puck into the offensive zone himself and firing a wrister that beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky thanks in part to a screen from the defenseman David Savard. Zach Werenski tied it with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period. It looked as if Backstrom put the Caps ahead late, but a coach's challenge for offsides took away the goal. In overtime, Cam Atkinson pulled the quick trigger off the face off to beat Philipp Grubauer just 37 seconds into overtime.

What it means: With the loss, the Caps are now losers of three of their last four games. The Caps were still able to earn a point, however, extending their point streak against Columbus to six. The Blue Jackets have now won six straight in Columbus.

Starting strong: The new offensive lines for the Caps were supposed to spark the offense. Instead, the team put together a solid defensive effort to help Philipp Grubauer. It was clear after the first period on Saturday that it was going to be a long day for the Caps. The Hurricanes generated 16 shots on net and two goals in the opening 20 minutes in what was a romp against Washington. The Caps had a much better start on Tuesday allowing only five shots and no goals. 

Not dogging it: Jay Beagle is not the best player on the Caps' roster, but he has been phenomenal for this team the last few days. He really thrives on the penalty kill and he did so again on Tuesday in the second period on the Blue Jackets' first power play opportunity. Beagle stole the puck from Brandon Dubinsky along the wall and found himself in a foot race with Ryan Murray. Beagle stayed on his feet after Murray went for the trip and even got a shot off on Bobrovsky while taking a hook from Dubinsky. Beagle didn't score, but he did draw the penalty and give the Caps their best opportunity of the game to that point.

Going off script: A motivated Caps team looking to make a statement and erase the memory of Saturday’s drubbing against the Hurricanes against the red-hot offense of Columbus looked like a recipe for a high-scoring affair. That was not the case. Backstrom did not open up the scoring until 15:43 into the second period. A Blue Jackets team that scored eight goals in their last game on Saturday were held to only one in regulation.

Still searching for answers: The new lines did not do the trick offensively as the Caps managed only one goal on the night with only 22 shots on goal.

Look ahead: The Caps have yet another quick turnaround as they return home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. That is the first of a five-game home stand that will also see Detroit, Columbus, St. Louis and Buffalo come to town.


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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.

The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.

St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game. 

Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.

Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.

Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.


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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

The St. Louis Blues' two-goal first period powered them to a win over the San Jose Sharks, and the series is now tied.

The Blues started with a goal 35 seconds into the game. Ivan Barbashev picked off a Brent Burns exit pass and flung it towards the net for the games opening goal. 

Barbashev is the second Blues player to score in the first minute of a game these playoffs. Jaden Schwartz is the other player.

Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal for the Blues on a power play off a scramble in front of the net.

The Sharks responded when Thomas Hertl poked the puck past the goal line after Jordan Binnington thought he had the puck covered. Hertl now has 10 goals this postseason for the Sharks, and the team now features 10 or more players to score 10+ goals in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

Binnington's 29 save performance gave him his 10th win of the playoffs, the most of any Blues goaltender in franchise history.