Calvert’s win­ner was one-handed won­der

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Steve Gorten sgorten@dis­ @sgorten

WASH­ING­TON — Blue Jack­ets winger Matt Calvert needed only one hand.

Grip­ping his stick with his right hand while fend­ing off Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals de­fense­man Jakub Jer­abek with his left, Calvert chipped in the re­bound of Zach Weren­ski’s shot for the win­ning goal with 7:38 left in the first over­time Sun­day night.

“It was just unreal,” cap­tain Nick Foligno said. “One hand on his stick? I just told Calvy he’s the best one­handed hockey player I’ve ever seen.”

Even Calvert said he was “a lit­tle bit in dis­be­lief” when he saw the puck go in past goalie Braden Holtby for a 5-4 win and 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round se­ries.

Calvert tri­umphantly punched the air with a mas­sive up­per­cut be­fore Bran­don Du­bin­sky hugged him and “I could re­ally fin­ish” the cel­e­bra­tion, Calvert joked.

Calvert’s sec­ond over­time The Blue Jack­ets’ Bran­don Du­bin­sky (17) hugs Matt Calvert af­ter Calvert’s over­time goal in Game 2 on Sun­day night. goal of his ca­reer gave the Jack­ets their fourth over­time play­off win and sec­ond in this se­ries. His first over­time

win­ner, on April 19, 2014, against the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins, gave the Jack­ets their first play­off win ever. That goal also came on a re­bound.

Sun­day’s goal was re­viewed for off­sides, and al­though Calvert said he felt con­fi­dent the goal would stand af­ter watch­ing the re­play twice, “I was cross­ing my fin­gers. I knew it was close when I crossed the blue line.”

Left wing An­dre Bu­rakovsky didn’t travel with the Cap­i­tals to Colum­bus and will miss the next two games (up­per-body in­jury) af­ter a hit Sun­day from Boone Jen­ner, coach Barry Trotz said. Jakub Vrana will re­place him on the sec­ond line.

Also in Sun­day’s game, lines­man Steve Bar­ton suf­fered a dis­lo­cated knee cap and torn quadri­ceps that will re­quire surgery, NHL di­rec­tor of of­fi­ci­at­ing Steven Walkom said. Bar­ton fell to the ice with 48 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod when his skate clipped right winger Josh An­der­son’s skate.

The Jack­ets be­came the fourth team to win the first two games of a play­off se­ries by over­com­ing a multi-goal deficit in each. Los An­ge­les did so in the 2014 Stan­ley Cup fi­nal, Philadel­phia in the 2012 con­fer­ence quar­ter­fi­nals and 1995 con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals, and Wash­ing­ton in the 1996 con­fer­ence quar­ter­fi­nals. … The Cap­i­tals’ John Carl­son be­came the third de­fense­man in NHL his­tory to record three or more as­sists in con­sec­u­tive play­off games. Carl­son, who had three in each of the first two games, joined Al MacInnis (1984) and Gary Suter (1988). … The Blue Jack­ets Foun­da­tion said it raised more than $18,500 through its 50/50 raf­fles and stick auc­tion dur­ing Games 1 and 2 to con­trib­ute to the Hum­boldt Bron­cos in the wake of their bus crash. … Artemi Pa­narin has five points through two games, putting him in a tie for fourth most by a Jack­ets player in a play­off se­ries in fran­chise his­tory.

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