Bobrovsky stars as Blue Jackets grab 2-0 lead over Caps

Bobrovsky stars as Blue Jackets grab 2-0 lead over Caps

"Obviously we have opportunities to finish it up, but we didn't, two games in a row", Alex Ovechkin said.

Players tossing pucks towards fans during the warmup is a long-standing National Hockey League tradition, but few supporters have ever looked as happy about receiving some vulcanized rubber as one young Washington Capitals die-hard on Sunday night.

The Capitals had outshot the Blue Jackets 17-7 and won 22 of 37 faceoffs.

That set the stage for overtime, where again the Capitals got the better of the shot share, doubling up Columbus 6-3. If they are going to right the ship in time to save the series, these three elements jump off the page. Special teams have defined this series so far because both teams' penalty kills have been shoddy - but this wouldn't be such a grave issue if fewer penalties were committed in the first place.

Burakovsky started Game 2 but played only 2:12 before taking a hard hit from Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner early in the first period.

The Capitals blitzed the Blue Jackets for the second game in a row thanks to a deflection goal by Jay Beagle and a power-play goal courtesy of Alex Ovechkin.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters Monday that some "individual mistakes" are hindering the team performance he insists has been satisfactory overall. Grubauer was sublime during the last month of the regular season, he thoroughly deserved to start the playoffs, but the Jackets got in his head a bit too much over his 100 minutes in net through two games.

The series now shifts to Colubmus with the Blue Jackets holding a 2-0 series lead. Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Chandler Stephenson each have been on the ice for three of the four goals allowed.

While the offense gave the Blue Jackets enough support to win, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 54 of the 58 shots he faced in the win over the Capitals.

The light clicked on in the third period fortunately. He left the game and did not return. The top line hasn't converted an even-strength goal yet.

"This is not on our goaltending, this is on the whole group, everybody", Trotz said.

"The five-on-five scoring chances are coming", Trotz said. In short, lapses of judgement and common sense cost Washington dearly in Game 1 and Game 2. We made some adjustments. "We just needed that one save, and we weren't able to get it". "Bob' needs a bad game (or two) if the Capitals have any chance of salvaging this series".

James Neal's tiebreaking goal at 14:23 of the third period lifted Vegas to its initial road playoff victory, a decision over host Los Angeles that gives the Golden Knights a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series.

That's kind of how this series has gone for the Capitals.

Josh Anderson, a Columbus player who shouldn't have even been on the ice because of the hit he issued to Michal Kempny in Game 1, slotted home (up high on Philipp Grubauer's glove side) to make the score 3-2 Caps with 11:11 left in the second.

Outside this checklist, the Capitals are not playing poorly.

Despite the ending, the Capitals are pointing to that series as reason for optimism.

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