Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-23-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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At the defensive end of the ice, during the postseason, they have been a bit below average so far as they come in ranked 9th in goals allowed, giving up 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 6th in shots allowed (31.6 spg) and 8th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.0 % of their chances.

The OT game-winning goal was Backstrom's franchise-record fourth career postseason OT victor and gave the Capitals a 3-games-to-2 series lead over Columbus. With anxious red-clad fans in the stands, the Capitals had lost Games 1 and 2 at home in overtime to fall into a disastrous hole.

The Penguins are involved in a tougher series this year against the Flyers, but the past two seasons they've come into Washington for the 2nd round after dispatching their 1st round opponents in just 5 games. "We're not going to give up". Backstrom deflected a point shot from Dmitry Orlov by Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Backstrom now has six career postseason game-winning goals in any fashion (regulation or overtime), which moves him into a four-way tie for the most in team history.

Monday evening National Hockey League playoff action and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Washington Capitals rumble with the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio in game six of their best-of-seven series.

Washington's offensive attack attempted 29.6 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.2 goals per contest (ranked ninth overall in the NHL).

"We've been a confident group all year, " said Washington goalie Braden Holtby, who finished with 23 saves.

The Bruins were unable to take advantage of their opportunity Saturday night as they fell behind 4-1 before making a surge in the final part of the second period and throughout the third. When the series shifted to Columbus on Tuesday, the Capitals prevailed on a lucky bounce in double-overtime. Kuznetsov added an empty-net goal with 2:19 left in the game.

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Although Washington wasn't losing, the energy seemed to drain out of the arena.

The first two periods were back and forth.

Carlson's primary assist gave the pending unrestricted free agent defenceman eight points in the series. "It means a lot that Holt noticed, but we still got a long ways to go and I got a lot more in me to show out there and to play that similar style". "Maybe we can blame it on me getting a little older and not being an animal like Beags", he joked. Have we mentioned that already ?

"There's no sense asking me things about the game, " a bewildered Tortorella told reporters.

It's not just the number of games, it's the minutes played in those games. Bobrovsky stopped 25 shots. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. "That's who he is". When we had breakdowns, we still supported and trusted each other to do the job.

The goal was Oshie's third of his playoffs and his second in the last two games.

Furthermore, the Penguins have won a Game 7 twice in Washington en route to a pair of Stanley Cup titles in the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin era.

Overtime was a chance for the Capitals to regroup, and they did. I don't have any worries at all about our group going into Monday. We know we have a good team. He wants to get it out there that he believes in his team, just as I believe in my team.

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