Blue Jackets Lose a Heartbreaker, 4–3 in OT, And Now Face a Must-Win Game 6 on Monday Night

By Rob Mixer on April 21, 2018 at 6:27 pm
Sergei Bobrovsky and David Savard team up to defend the Blue Jackets' net.
Geoff Burke – USA TODAY Sports


The Blue Jackets played their best game of the playoffs.

But, bad news: they lost.

  1 2 3 OT F
BLUE JACKETS 1 1 1 0 3
CAPITALS 1 2 0 1 4

After a back-and-forth battle in Game 5, the two teams were locked in a 3-3 tie for most of the third period after Oliver Bjorkstrand's first career playoff goal brought Columbus even. The Blue Jackets out-shot Washington 16-1 in the third period, had plenty of chances to take the lead, but were unable to dent Braden Holtby for a fourth time.

Matt Calvert scored twice for the Blue Jackets, who opened the scoring for the first time in the series. Their 1-0 lead became a 2-1 deficit in the second period, but Calvert's second goal tied the game at 2-2 and set up a wild third. 

Nicklas Backstrom scored the overtime winner on a deflection of Dmitry Orlov's point shot, giving Washington a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 in Columbus Monday night.

Injury Update

Alexander Wennberg made his first appearance in the series since Game 1, when he was hit in the head by Capitals forward Tom Wilson. 

Next Up

Game 6 is on tap Monday night at Nationwide Arena, an 8 p.m. puck drop.

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