The Blue Jackets played their best game of the playoffs.
But, bad news: they lost.
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.
Alexander Wennberg made his first appearance in the series since Game 1, when he was hit in the head by Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
Game 6 is on tap Monday night at Nationwide Arena, an 8 p.m. puck drop.