Blue Jack­ets beat Caps to claim 2-0 lead

Colum­bus come from two goals down to win again

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Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into over­time, and the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets again ral­lied from an early two-goal deficit to de­feat the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals 5-4 in Game 2 of an Eastern Con­fer­ence firstround se­ries on Sun­day night in Wash­ing­ton DC.

Colum­bus trailed 2-0 in each of the first two games yet hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven set.

Calvert con­verted the re­bound of a Zach Weren­ski shot from in front, on a one-handed shot that beat goalie Braden Holtby. The goal then stood up un­der re­view that checked for off­side at the start of the play.

The se­ries now shifts to Colum­bus for Game 3 on Tues­day and Game 4 on Thurs­day.

Wash­ing­ton held a pair of two-goal leads in Game 2. The Cap­i­tals were up 2-0 in the first pe­riod and 3-1 in the sec­ond be­fore the Blue Jack­ets an­swered with three con­sec­u­tive goals.

Josh An­der­son, Cam Atkin­son and Weren­ski all scored in a span of 10:03 in the sec­ond pe­riod for a 4-3 Colum­bus lead. Cap­i­tals for­ward T.J. Oshie tied it with 3:35 left in reg­u­la­tion on the fourth Wash­ing­ton power play of the pe­riod.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Cap­i­tals.

Weren­ski had given the Blue Jack­ets a 4-3 lead on the power play with a wrist shot that got past goalie Philipp Grubauer. Holtby re­placed Grubauer at the start of the third pe­riod, and he saved seven of the eight shots he faced.

Blue Jack­ets goalie Sergei Bo­brovsky stayed busy, mak­ing 54 saves as Wash­ing­ton out­shot the Blue Jack­ets 58-30.

Wash­ing­ton scored first when Jay Bea­gle, back af­ter missing Game 1 with an up­per-body in­jury, de­flected a Brooks Or­pik shot out of midair just 2:12 into the game.

A goalie-in­ter­fer­ence call on Atkin­son wiped out a pos­si­ble game-ty­ing goal and put Wash­ing­ton on a power play. The Caps then scored with a man ad­van­tage when Alex Ovechkin beat Bo­brovsky at 13:26 for a quick 2-0 lead.

Atkin­son cut Colum­bus’ deficit to 2-1 on a break­away with 1:35 left in the first pe­riod.

Matt Calvert (right) of the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets and Jakub Jer­abek of the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals bat­tle for the puck on Sun­day in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

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