Capitals drop series opener to Blue Jackets

2018 NHL First-Round Playoff Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

Should Kempny not be able to play in Game 2 on Sunday, Trotz will turn to rookie Christian Djoos, who played in 63 games this season.

And another interesting nugget: the Jackets are now 3-1 in overtime of playoff games, but 1-11 in games that end in regulation.

The victory gave Columbus a 1-0 lead in the series.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals first round matchup is one of the toughest series in to predict. Hockey experts across the continent have summed this series up to a coin flip and their predictions show that.

The Columbus Blue Jackets went down two goals and three forwards and left with a Game 1 victory. Blue Jackets' leading scorer Artemi Panarin was outstanding, netting the overtime victor and he also collected two assists.

Grubauer, who stepped in when Holtby was given a "reset" after slumping in February and March, finished with a.923 save percentage and a 2.35 goals-against average.

Palat notched his second career postseason game with three points and first since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers in 2015. Pierre-Luc Dubois also played a key role in game one with two assists, including an assist on the overtime victor. The Blue Jackets then tied it on a power-play goal from Vanek 1:31 into the third period.

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Taylor Hall scored an unassisted goal in the second period, then assisted on Travis Zajac's power-play goal that cut it to 3-2 midway through third against Andrei Vasilievskiy. Columbus is allowing an average of 2.8 goals, good for ninth in the National Hockey League. The Capitals dealt the Blackhawks a third-round pick for Kempny, and the mobile, smooth-skating Czech played in 23 straight games for Washington, scoring two goals and one assist. And while Bobrovsky has been very solid in net, he appeared in more regular season games (65) than he ever has in the past.

Alex Ovechkin rebounded from last season's 33-goal effort to lead the National Hockey League with 49. The Blue Jackets killed off two minor penalties, but a major called on Josh Anderson turned the game.

Evander Kane scored twice in a dominant second period and Martin Jones made 25 saves to record the shutout as San Jose opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a win over Anaheim. Ovehckin did fire four shots on net on Thursday, however he will need to find the scoresheet for his team to have a good chance to win in this series.

Caps' goalie Philipp Grubauer got the start over Braden Holtby in game one, and he stopped 22 of 26 shots. "They capitalized on a couple of their opportunities there in the third period". The veteran goaltender had a rough season, posting a weak 2.99 GAA and a.907 save percentage, while Grubauer recorded a 2.35 GAA.

In this game, Washington jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to the two goals from Kuznetsov.

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