Three points including OT victor in Game 1 — Artemi Panarin

Three points including OT victor in Game 1 — Artemi Panarin

The Capitals scored two goals in the first period after two power play goals.

Ovechkin has made a difference all year, leading the National Hockey League with 49 goals and scoring 19.1 percent of the Capitals' total over the course of the 82-game regular season.

Alexander Wennberg - The Blue Jackets centre suffered an upper-body injury after taking a head hit from Capitals RW Tom Wilson and was forced to leave Game One at Washington.

"I'm just trying to finish my check there", Wilson said, via the Washington Post. "That's a critical moment".

This season was by far the best of Rinne's career and it is probably going to get him the Vezina Trophy nod. Maybe pass up on that hit. We've got the lead there so maybe a big hit is not needed. A broken play that included a bounce off Vanek's stick at center ice helped the Blue Jackets cut Washington's lead to 2-1 at the 4:48 mark of the second when Boone Jenner found Wennberg for a tap-in goal on the rush.

Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci each scored a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots to lead Boston to a victory over Toronto in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

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"There was no panic on the bench there", coach John Tortorella said.

Perhaps not since the Detroit Red Wings' Russian Five has a Stanley Cup playoff series had so many prominent players from Russia, with all eyes on those them as potential X-factors. "We're just doing it too often".

I am taking the Capitals in game two. Jones, son of former National Basketball Association player Popeye Jones, drew a penalty late in the third period, nearly put the puck in his own net and tied it on the ensuing power play with 4:26 left in regulation to send the game to overtime. They lost Game 1 and never led in any of their previous three first-round series: in 2009 against the Detroit Red Wings (lost in four games), in 2014 against the Pittsburgh Penguins (lost in six games), or a year ago against the Penguins (lost in five games). This is a must win game and I expect the Capitals to come through with a full 60 minute effort. His first goal goes in the books as the game-winner.

Columbus will look to jump out to a surprising 2-0 lead when these teams meet for Game 2 on Sunday in DC. "I think with them and the additions at the deadline, I think our group feels really good about itself".

Anderson will likely receive a suspension as a result of the hit as well.

With Wennberg and Anderson out, Columbus was down two forwards and lost another one briefly when a Jakub Jerabek point shot struck Foligno in the face 1:40 into the third. Pastrnak finished the regular season with 16 points (11 G, 5 A) in the last 15 games, and now has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in seven career playoff games. And just 29 seconds later, yet another power play goal from Kuznetsov to double the home team's lead heading into the first intermission. Washington went to overtime for the seventh time in its past 14 playoff games. Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom added a pair of assists; he had 26 points (6 G, 20 A) in the last 19 games of the regular season... Trotz continued to call his fourth-line centre "day-to-day".

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