Your Columbus Blue Jackets return to Nationwide Arena tonight, after taking a commanding 2-0 series lead in Washington D.C. over the past few days. Games One and Two were incredibly exciting, down to the wire games that both ended in Overtime. Artemi Panarin was the hero in Game One for the Jackets, and Matt Calvert scored the game-winner in Game Two.
Game Two was a very back and forth match-up, as the Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Cam Atkinson’s breakaway made it 2-1, before the Capitals extended their lead to 3-1 in the second period. The Blue Jackets scored three consecutive goals to take a 4-3 lead, and looked to be on their way to a second straight win.
The Capitals had other plans, as T.J. Oshie tied the game at 4 goals apiece with a little over three minutes to go in the third period. After 12+ minutes in the Overtime period, Matt Calvert sent home a rebounding puck off of Braden Holtby’s pad, originally coming from the stick of Zach Werenski. The goal gave the Jackets a 5-4 win, and a second consecutive victory in our nation’s capital. Enjoy the highlights from Game Two.
The Blue Jackets are already in a great position in the series, as teams who begin 2-0 end up winning the series 88% of the time. Now they get to go back home to Nationwide Arena and give the fans in Columbus a show. The Jackets have only hosted five playoff games in the franchise’s history, and now have a chance to advance into the second round for the first time in franchise history with wins in Game Three and Four.
Braden Holtby is likely to be back in net for the Capitals tonight, as he replaced Philipp Grubauer in Game Two. Holtby faced 8 shots and stopped them all except the final shot of the night from Matt Calvert. Holtby is a two-time Vezina Trophy winner and will likely be on top of his game tonight.
Speaking of being on top of their game, Sergei Bobrovsky played one of the best games I’ve ever seen on Sunday. Bob faced a remarkable 58 shots and made 54 saves, a franchise record and career high. Returning back to Nationwide Arena, the Jackets should have an intense home-ice advantage, and will look to get out to a quick start for the first time in the series. The puck will drop just after 7:30pm and you can watch the game on Fox Sports Ohio.