PENAL­TIES

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Zach Weren­ski sat in the box for de­lay of game af­ter lift­ing the puck out of play from his own zone.

“There was no time to sulk,” winger Matt Calvert said. “It’s play­offs. It’s about men­tal tough­ness. You ad­just.”

The Jack­ets es­caped un­scathed with Jen­ner serv­ing time but they “have to cure” their prob­lem of tak­ing penal­ties, coach John Tor­torella said. Dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Jack­ets were short­handed 214 times, an av­er­age of 2.6 per game and the sec­ond fewest in the NHL be­hind Carolina.

“It’s some­thing we have to get straight­ened out as the se­ries moves for­ward,” Tor­torella said. “I thought we killed some re­ally key penal­ties, and we had some break­downs with our penalty killing. … It’s just too dan­ger­ous. You can see. (Alex) Ovechkin scores a cou­ple, we take him away, and they’re just look­ing for (T.J.) Oshie then. We have a way of do­ing it, we just need to be more con­sis­tent do­ing it. But we can’t be do­ing it all that time. It’s just im­pos­si­ble. They’re too good.”

Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the se­ries on power plays Sun­day, and five of the Cap­i­tals’ seven goals in the se­ries have come with a man-ad­van­tage. The Jack­ets’ own power-play suc­cess — they’re 4 of 8 — has helped off­set the con­se­quences of their 37 penalty min­utes.

In the third pe­riod Sun­day, the Jack­ets were called for three penal­ties in a span of less than six min­utes. Jones said there seems to be an in­crease in penal­ties called through­out the NHL this post­sea­son, but they must make sure they play more min­utes at even strength.

“(The Cap­i­tals) don’t have much five-on­five, in my opin­ion. If we stay out of the box, they don’t have much,” Jones said. “That’s how it was in Game 1. That’s how it was (Sun­day).”

De­fense­man Ian Cole said the Jack­ets are happy with the way their penalty kill is trending, but know “we can still be a lot bet­ter.”

“We’re go­ing to fig­ure out ways to do a bet­ter job of shut­ting these guys down,” Cole said. “That be­ing said, I don’t think you can en­tirely shut down a power play with these many weapons. The abil­ity to keep it fiveon-five is para­mount.”

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