Blue Jackets go up 2-0 in first round of playoffs

Blue Jackets go up 2-0 in first round of playoffs

Blue Jackets go up 2-0 in first round of playoffs

A linesman injured his left knee and was helped off the ice in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals.

Columbus heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday two victories away from advancing to the second round for the first time in franchise history.

The two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender continued his playoff reputation rehab tour by keeping his team in the game. But a delay of game penalty on Werenski set the stage for T.J. Oshies tying goal on the power play with 3:35 left. John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom gave Washington two assists each while Philipp Grubauer gave up four goals on 22 shots before Braden Holtby stopped 7-8 shots in relief.

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.

Bobrovsky also sprawled out in the third to keep this puck from trickling over the line, one of the many highlights he produced on Sunday. Over is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Malkin and Dumoulin scored 5 seconds apart.

Brian Elliott, yanked in Game 1, had another rough outing and might need to borrow fellow Wells Fargo Center tenant Joel Embiid's black mask to have a better look at the puck.

Crosby scored his fourth goal of the series in the first period, and Derick Brassard, Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin scored in the second to make it 4-0. The Jackets would storm back in the second period with three goals from three different players. They will have two games at home, giving them the chance to get the series sweep on their home ice.

Werenski tallied the go-ahead goal when he got a shot from the point to go beyond the reach of all four Capitals penalty killers and into the net with 1:08 to play in the second period.

Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets.