Another Overtime Win Gives Blue Jackets 2-0 Lead In PLayoff Series

Will the Capitals protect home ice on Sunday

Will the Capitals protect home ice on Sunday

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back against Winnipeg the Western Conference series.

Jordan Greenway became the first player in Wild franchise history to score his first National Hockey League goal in the playoffs, and Minnesota romped to a victory over Winnipeg at Saint Paul, Minn.

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.

Justin Schultz made it 5-1 in the third on Pittsburgh's third power-play goal of the game. Soon after that, we had needless penalty #1 of the game when Tom Wilson chose to pull a Blue Jacket out of a harmless goalmouth scrum and throw him down to the ice to earn an avoidable roughing minor.

Toward the end of the second, the Capitals committed needless penalty #2 when Devante Smith-Pelly inexplicably hugged a Columbus stick for five seconds.

They held two separate two goal leads in this game and squandered them both.

The Blue Jackets were called for eight penalties in Game 2 and still managed to win, but not before T.J. Oshie almost made them pay by forcing overtime with a late-game power-play strike. Malkin and Dumoulin scored 5 seconds apart. They went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.

So, into overtime we went - and after surviving a penalty kill early on, the Capitals went close a few times but couldn't convert. Artemi Panarin set up Cam Atkinson for a power-play goal from the right face-off circle that tied the game 3-3 at 11:13.

Ovechkin will never get an easier shot. By the way, Wilson had a mostly empty net to aim at. The Blue Jackets again did enough things right to find a way to win. Matt Calvert scored the victor in OT with Werenski, Seth Jones and Artemi Panarin all adding two helpers to make Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and his 54 saves a victor. Braden Holtby replaced Phillip Grubauer, and was on point giving the team a lift. He was Columbus's best player and made a career-best 54 saves from Washington's 58 shots.

Things are going from bad to worse for the Washington Capitals, as head coach Barry Trotz announced Monday that forward Andre Burakovsky won't be traveling with the team to Columbus and will be out for at least the next two games, according to Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press. In Stanley Cup playoff history, 86.4 percent of teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win it. Whether it's Grubauer or Holtby, the Capitals will need better goaltending than they've got thus far to come back in this series. Business as usual always fails for the Capitals in the postseason, year in and year out.

The playoff version of Bobrovsky of years past was a confounding nightmare compared with his elite play during the regular season: 3-10 with a 3.63 goals-against average and a.887 save percentage.