The Columbus Blue Jackets are back in our nation’s capital today to take on the Washington Capitals in a pivotal Game Five. Neither team has come away with a victory at home this series, and the Jackets are looking to keep that streak going.
The Blue Jackets won Game One by a score of 4-3 in overtime thanks to an Artemi Panarin goal. In Game Two, the Jackets again won in overtime, this time thanks to a Matt Calvert goal. Something changed in Game Two however, as the Capitals moved away from goaltender Philipp Grubauer, and instead sent Braden Holtby out to start the third period.
While Holtby did allow the game-winner in overtime, it was clear he was playing better than Grubauer. Holtby has made things very difficult for the Blue Jacket offense since taking over, only allowing three goals in two games as a starter. He was a big reason for the Capitals’ success in Columbus, and now returns home after evening the series at 2 games apiece.
In Game Four, the Capitals looked like the better team for all 60 minutes. Jackets coach John Tortorella said after the game that his team “laid an egg.” The 4-1 domination by Washington sent a record crowd in Columbus home disappointed. After going up 2-0 on the road, all the momentum in the world was on Columbus’ side, especially with two games at home. Here are the highlights from Game Four.
Alexander Wennberg may be back in the line-up today, he was skating in practice yesterday. Andre Burakovsky may be able to go for the Capitals, as he didn’t even travel with the team to Columbus.
Although the series is now evened up, the Jackets are not focusing on the two losses. Instead, we’re right back where we started, it’s just a best-of-three series now instead of best-of-seven. The Blue Jackets have three chances to win two games. They feel confident going back to Washington, as they had major success in the first two games of the series.
The puck will drop in Capital One Arena just after 3:00pm and will air on NBC today, you won’t be able to find it on Fox Sports Ohio today.