Blue Jack­ets up 2-0 on Cap­i­tals

Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS — WASHINGTON

Sergei Bo­brovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the win­ner 12:22 into over­time and the Columbus Blue Jack­ets over­came two goals from Alex Ovechkin to beat the Washington Cap­i­tals 5-4 on Sun­day night and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round play­off se­ries.

Calvert’s goal held up af­ter the NHL sit­u­a­tion room re­viewed the play for a pos­si­ble off­side. Calvert was just on­side when Josh An­der­son brought the puck into the zone.

Columbus heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Tues­day and Thurs­day two vic­to­ries away from ad­vanc­ing to the se­cond round for the first time in fran­chise history.

The Blue Jack­ets stunned the Metropoli­tan Divi­sion­cham­pion Cap­i­tals with back-to-back over­time wins and have the ad­van­tage thanks in large part to the play of Bo­brovsky.

The two-time Vez­ina Tro­phy-win­ning goal­tender con­tin­ued his play­off rep­u­ta­tion re­hab tour by keep­ing his team in the game. Bo­brovsky, who en­tered the arena in a beige trench­coat as sharp as his play in net, en­tered these playoffs 3-10 with a 3.73 goals-against av­er­age and .887 save per­cent­age but has now stopped 81 of 88 shots through two games.

Cam Atkin­son scored twice, An­der­son had a goal at even strength and Zack Weren­ski added one on the power play for the Blue Jack­ets, who have the odds on their side.

In Stan­ley Cup play­off history, 86.4 per cent of teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven se­ries have gone on to win it.

Ovechkin looked like a man on a mis­sion try­ing to tie the se­ries for Washington three nights af­ter coach Barry Trotz called him out for not mak­ing enough of an im­pact in Game 1.

Jay Bea­gle’s early goal and Ovechkin’s two on the power play put Washington up 3-1 be­fore undis­ci­plined play took its toll.

Penal­ties to Tom Wil­son and De­vante Smith-Pelly al­lowed Columbus to tie the score and take the lead.

But a de­lay of game penalty on Weren­ski set the stage for T.J. Oshie’s ty­ing goal on the power play with 3:35 left.

The game only got to over­time be­cause Braden Holtby stopped all five shots he faced in the third pe­riod af­ter re­plac­ing Philipp Grubauer, who al­lowed four goals on 22 shots.

Washington out­shot Columbus 21-5 in the third as Bo­brovsky made sev­eral big stops, in­clud­ing one on Nick­las Back­strom when he didn’t know where the puck was and an­other min­utes later when a shot banked off the post and his left skate and he cov­ered up in the crease.

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