Capitals' Holtby starting Game 3 vs. Blue Jackets

Ice-Cold Takes (playoffs edition): Kissing, fighting and catfish

Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and over is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings in Columbus and Capitals are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a 2-0 lead in the series and they are playing at home that could eventually add into their favor. There were some nervous moments for the Capitals in overtime, but they managed to survive those.

Washington's win inside Nationwide Arena followed Columbus winning the first two games - both in overtime - in Washington.

Entering this series, Bobrovsky had been as sound as any regular season netminder over the past several seasons, posting a.923 SP and 24 shutouts over his past 312 games, but the playoffs haven't been that kind to him. And despite this win, the Capitals have to either win three straight or three of the next four games. (I recommend this technique for the inevitable overtime in Game 4.) Things were apparently a little less tense in the Capitals' locker room.




Down by one goal after Capitals right winger Tom Wilson opened the scoring with a tally at the 5:52 mark of the second period, the Blue Jackets went to work on the offensive end of the ice.

Look at his Game 1 overtime victor. Atkinson leads in goals with 2.0 while Panarin tops in assists with 4. "Like I said after the second game, we're going to come back [to Washington] for a Game 5 and Game 5 is going to be tied". Time and again, he's come up big in this series. John Carlson's goal and seven points are mighty impressive, to be sure, but at 5-on-5, the aforementioned Ovechkin, Backstrom and Kuznetsov trio has one point. Most teams would be lucky to do that in a single playoff run. That series was equally as close, too, with five of the seven games decided by one goal. Ilya Kovalchuk has been a name who's been mentioned in the same breath as the Blue Jackets for the past few years; however he may no longer be a fit. This is the fourth time in franchise history Columbus has made it to the post-season, but the organization has never advanced. Holtby now has a 1-1 record with a 1.48 goals-against-average and a.930 save percentage this postseason. After Game 6, however, Bobrovsky and Co. were booking tee times.

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