The goal held up on the Blue Jackets' coach's challenge after the NHL's situation room determined Oshie didn't make any contact with Bobrovsky until the puck was already in the net.
Cam Atkinson has been scorching hot lately. If that was indeed the Blue Jackets' plan, they might want to be careful of what they wish. The 12-year veteran star tallied eight points in 13 playoff games last season, and he has accumulated 90 points in 98 career postseason games.
How They Win: The Capitals have an intimidating offense - and an accurate one. Since the start of March, they have the fourth-best record in the National Hockey League. When you have a sniper like Alex Ovechkin, that can happen.
Then, just 29 seconds after that goal, Kuznetsov made it 2-0 on a shot from the left circle.
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Killorn's shot over the glove of goalie Kevin Kincaid's glove restored a two-goal lead before Kucherov, who led the Lightning with 100 points this season, ensured there would be no comeback. Elsewhere, forwards T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Lars Eller bring heavy games to the table - ideal for the playoffs.
"It's a privilege to start, for sure", Grubauer told the Washington Post. GM Brian MacLellan admitted in the summer that previous year was a kitchen-sink attempt at one last run but, even in failing there, the Caps have remained near the top of the standings. "So, I give him a lot of credit for how he's evolved with that".
Like Wennberg, Kempny did not return to the game.
The Capitals scored two goals in the first period after two power play goals. Though the former had the worst regular season of his career, he's still one of the best postseason goaltenders of all-time. The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, are aiming to win their first playoff series in franchise history.
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But, he's obviously improving and getting more comfortable with the team". The answer is if you want what I call dry answers, I have dry answers.
"There was no panic on the bench there", coach John Tortorella said. Jones was getting some Norris Trophy buzz thanks to his red-hot play down the stretch, while partner Werenski has been a possession beast. I've got to be better. While players such as Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand have upped the skill quotient amongst the forwards, it has also made the team less burly, and the Jackets have been pushed around on occasion.
But the power play went dry, otherwise.
"We still took too many penalties, but even though we gave up two (goals), I thought we killed penalties very well tonight". Pierre-Luc Dubois will be front and center, literally, as he centers the top line for the CBJ. Washington won the regular season series 3-1.
Five Things To Watch 1. Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty was suspended one game Thursday for his hit on Vegas forward William Carrier in Wednesday night's 1-0 Golden Knights' victory. How will he respond to the pressure of the post-season? Doesn't sound like a recipe for success, but they haven't been able to get it done with offensive juggernauts in the past. I know the league will look at it. He's also playing for a contract. He has at least one point in 17 of his last 20 games after struggling for most of the season.
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