The Columbus Blue Jackets have gone to overtime in four of their five games of this series. The man who has had a great impact on winning a game and also getting the games to overtime is Matt Calvert.
After his two-goal performance in Game 5, he talked to the media ahead of Game 6 – a literal must-win for the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. He was asked to break down his last game and to look forward, and talked about his second goal that involved a little bit of luck.
"Definitely not," said Calvert when asked if the second goal was intentional. "I watched the replay of it, and the puck almost just skipped to the side on me. It was just reaction after that."
Trying to get the team into the proper position, Calvert knows the Blue Jackets won't need much motivation to get themselves set for Game 6.
"We've got a chance in front of our home crowd to push this thing to seven games," Calvert said. "We're excited about it. I thought we had a great game in Game 3. It's one I think we should have had for our fans. We got another chance to do that."
Focusing your view to only one game has never been more critical than in an elimination game. The Blue Jackets have lost three straight games against the Capitals and need a narrow approach to take them down.
"You gotta earn your bounces; you gotta finish, you gotta capitalize, I know that's something we're going to look to do a little more of and not make it such a close one," Calvert said.
Game 6 gets going at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Nationwide Arena, and will air on FOX Sports Ohio and CNBC.