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Capitals continue playoff choke in OT loss to Blue Jackets

April 16, 2018 - 4:48 pm

By Joe Schiller

Say it ain’t so.

It’s all but become a broken record for the Washington Capitals at this point. The team’s regular season dominance has been completely overshadowed by their inability to find success in the postseason. Through two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, it’s been more of the same story.

The Capitals blew their second straight 2-0 lead of the series and fell 5-4 in an overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

It was another hot start for Washington, as they took a 3-1 lead early in the second period thanks to goals from Jay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin. The captain seemingly put away the Game 1 jitters and it looked like the Capitals were on their way to a dominating performance. That is until the Blue Jackets added their chapter to an all-too-familiar nightmare playoff story for the Capitals.

Two penalties by Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly provided ample power play opportunities for the Blue Jackets and they answered. Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson, and Zach Werenski found the puck in the back of the net in the second period to take a 4-3, leaving the Washington crowd in disbelief.

Struggles in the net forced Braden Holtby to replace starting goalie Philipp Grubauer in the third period and the moved proved to be vital in the lasting minutes of regular time. T.J. Oshie’s power-play goal leveled the score at 4-4, giving the Capitals a chance to right their wrongs in overtime.

But, the Blue Jackets thwarted any chance at completing the comeback as Matt Calvert converted for the game-winning goal to give his team a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.

The Capitals face familiar territory with their backs against the wall yet again. They head on the road to Columbus for Games 3 and 4, which will ultimately decide their postseason fate.