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Blue Jackets beat Caps in OT to claim 2-0 series lead

Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into overtime, and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from another two-goal deficit to defeat the Washington Capitals 5-4 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round series Sunday night in Washington.

Calvert converted the rebound of a Zach Werenski shot from in front, on a one-handed shot that beat goalie Braden Holtby. The goal then stood up under review and gave the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Columbus has trailed 2-0 in each of the first two games yet holds the two-game lead.

The series now shifts to Columbus for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 will be played is set for Tuesday.

Washington held a pair of two-goal leads in Game 2. The Capitals were up 2-0 in the first period and 3-1 in the second but the Blue Jackets answered with three consecutive goals.

Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson and Werenski scored consecutive goals just over 10 minutes apart in the second period for a 4-3 lead before Capitals forward T.J. Oshie tied it with 3:35 left in regulation on the fourth Washington power play of the period.

Werenski had given the Blue Jackets a 4-3 lead on the power play with a wrist shot that got past goalie Philipp Grubauer. Holtby then replaced him at the start of the third period.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stayed busy, making 54 saves for the Blue Jackets as Washington outshot the Blue Jackets, 58-30.

Washington scored first when Jay Beagle, back after missing Game 1 with an upper-body injury, deflected a Brooks Orpik shot out of mid-air just 2:12 into the game.

A goalie interference call on Atkinson wiped out a possible game-tying goal and put Washington on a power play. The Caps then scored with a man-advantage when Alex Ovechkin beat Bobrovsky at 13:26 for a quick 2-0 lead.

But Atkinson cut the lead to 2-1 on a breakaway with 1:33 left in the period.

Ovechkin made it 3-1 at 4:09 of the second period – eight seconds into another power play.

–Field Level Media

Source: Economic Times