Blue Jackets Lose Third Straight Game, Down 3-2 in Series.

Jackets lose 4-3 in overtime

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The Columbus Blue Jackets lost in devastating fashion Saturday afternoon, falling 4-3 in overtime to the Washington Capitals. The Capitals now have a 3-2 lead in the series, after losing the first two games of the series at home. It was the first time in the series that the home team came away victorious, as the visitors had won the first four games.

For the first time in the series, the Blue Jackets scored the opening goal. With Thomas Vanek in the penalty box for slashing, the Blue Jackets were trying to kill off their first penalty of the game. After a Capitals turnover, Matt Calvert skated up the ice in a 2-on-1 situation with Josh Anderson. Calvert ripped a shot and it got through Braden Holtby, giving the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal.

The Blue Jackets finally got what they wanted, the opening goal to set the tone for the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long, as Nicklas Backstrom scored just three minutes later to even the contest. The game remained tied 1-1 as the teams headed for the intermission.

The second period was full of action, and it got exciting early on. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored to take a 2-1 lead for the Capitals just 3:21 into the second period. That lead also wouldn’t last very long, as Matt Calvert made another ridiculous play for the Jackets.

Just over a minute after Kuznetsov’s goal, the Capitals had control of the puck again. T.J. Oshie lost the puck, and Matt Calvert sprinted up the ice on a breakaway. He went to rip the shot, but completely whiffed and missed the puck entirely. Calvert wasn’t fazed though, as he made an incredible spin move, held on to the puck, and shoveled it past Holtby.

Calvert’s goal was his second of the game, and tied things up at 2 goals apiece. There wasn’t much action for the next ten minutes or so, that is until Josh Anderson was sent to the penalty box for slashing. The Blue Jackets were called for three slashing penalties in the game. T.J. Oshie would score a power play goal off assists from John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom, making it a 3-2 game heading into the third period.

Being down a goal on road ice heading into the third period didn’t seem to bother the Jackets, as they tied it up pretty much right away. Ian Cole fired a big shot about 2:30 into the third, and Oliver Bjorkstrand deflected the puck into the net. The goal tied the game up a 3-3 and gave the Jackets a ton of momentum.

The Blue Jackets outshot the Capitals 16-1 in the third period, but only one found the back of the net. The game would head to overtime for the fourth time in the five games this series. Both teams had incredible chances to score, but Holtby and Sergei Bobrovsky stood tall, making save after save. About twelve minutes into overtime, Nicklas Backstrom deflected a Chandler Stephenson shot past Bobrovsky for the win.

Game Six will be played in Nationwide Arena on Monday night.