Calvert’s winner was one-handed wonder
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.