Capitals get critical victory over Blue Jackets in Game 3

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back in the first-round playoff series with a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Columbus improved to 4-1 all-time in playoff overtime games. Tom Wilson and John Carlson also scored for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were looking for their third straight win in the first round playoff matchup with Washington but fell 3-2 in two overtimes on Tuesday that sliced their series lead to 2-1. The Washington Capitals are trying to be part of the 12 percent to defy expectations and come back.

"It means a ton, a win like this after playing for that long", Eller said. They're, I'm sure, fully planning on doing that to us. It gives you a lot of energy. The Bruins are counting on their production to return for Game 4 in Toronto on Thursday night.

"It's a different series now", said forward Brett Connolly, who assisted on the game-winning goal.

"We need to be a little smarter", center Nicklas Backstrom said. When you've got him making up for your mistakes, it's always good. Two-time Vezina Trophy victor Sergei Bobrovsky is sporting a.925 save percentage through three games of the series.

Washington found itself on a three-on-two break midway through the second overtime Tuesday, led by Devante Smith-Pelly, with Connolly on the left wing and Eller on the right.

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After feasting on the power play in the first two games, the Blue Jackets failed to score on four tries with a man advantage.

If Washington somehow goes on to advance, that sequence will be a pivotal turning point on a night when the Capitals struggled to generate scoring opportunities late in the game. "It's just the beginning of a great series", said Ovechkin. But we'll be ready to play our next game. Vrana was a healthy scratch for that game.

The Blue Jackets say they remain confident despite Tuesday's loss. Sonny Milano again played in his place.

Right winger Cam Atkinson stole the puck away from Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov along the blue line and traded passes with Panarin all the way through neutral ice, and then, into the attack zone.

Alex Ovechkin and his teammates have been a dominant regular-season team throughout the majority of his tenure in Washington.

The home team will be led on offense by Artemi Panarin (28 goals, 59 assists).

But Ovechkin, that has a couple thus far in the drama and headed the National Hockey League with forty nine goals at the normal year, is perhaps not bothered by figures and knows that when some problems can be corrected by his team that there is certainly a good deal.

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