• November 9, 2018 at 2:21 am

    <div id=”content_id”>WASHINGTON (AP) Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.Braden Holtby made 16 of his 39 saves in the third period to help Washington get to overtime. Four of five games between the teams have gone past regulation making fatigue a factor for Game 6 Monday night in Columbus.Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie scored along with Backstrom in regulation for the Capitals Peter Budaj Jersey Womens , who became the first home team this series to win a home game. Holtby has been in net for Washington’s three consecutive victories after replacing Philipp Grubauer in Game 2, stopping 102 of 108 shots to turn the tide.Fellow Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky allowed a soft goal to Kuznetsov as one of his four on 29 shots in the loss. Matt Calvert scored short-handed and on a breakaway and Oliver Bjorkstrand had a deflection goal for Columbus.MAPLE LEAFS 4, BRUINS 3BOSTON (AP) – Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored 1:19 apart in the second period, and then Toronto killed off a 5-on-3 and three more power plays in a row to beat Boston and avoid elimination.Connor Brown and Andreas Johnsson each scored his first career playoff goal in the first period, and the Maple Leafs took a 4-1 lead to chase Tuukka Rask in the second. Toronto also led 4-1 in Game 7 of the teams’ 2013 playoff series before the Bruins won in overtime en route to their second Stanley Cup final berth in two years. This time, Boston cut the deficit to one goal but the Leafs held on.Frederik Andersen stopped 42 shots for Toronto, which returns home for Game 6 on Monday. Game 7 would be back in Boston on Wednesday Andrew Hammond Jersey Womens , if necessary.Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly scored for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron returned to the ice after missing one game with an undisclosed injury.LIGHTNING 3, DEVILS 1TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Nikita Kucherov scored his 27th career postseason goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 shots and Tampa Bay beat New Jersey to end the first-round series in five games.The 19-year-old Mikhail Sergachev became the youngest player in Lightning history to score a playoff goal and Ryan Callahan, back in the lineup after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury, sealed it with an empty-netter with 1.7 seconds remaining.Tampa Bay advanced to a second-round series against the Boston-Toronto winner.Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Just three games back after an injury that sidelined him for nearly a month J.T. Brown Jersey Womens , Markus Nutivaara played in place of injured star Seth Jones on the power-play unit. His second-period goal ended up being the game-winner for the Columbus Blue Jackets.Nutivaara scored his first goal since Jan. 23, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots, and the surging Blue Jackets outlasted the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Saturday night for their season-high seventh straight win.”Jonesy is definitely a key guy, so you can see we miss him,” said Bobrovsky, who picked up his 32nd win of the season. ”But still we have depth on defense. Guys were smart, Nuti stepped up tonight and made a huge goal.”The Blue Jackets are holding on to the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 83 points Tomas Plekanec Jersey Womens , tied with Philadelphia and one point ahead of New Jersey. Bobrovksy said the team is loose and playing as well as ever.”It’s become that feeling that you can relax and just do your thing and don’t worry about anything else,” he said. ”You know that guys will do their job. We have a good atmosphere in the locker room.”Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, his third tally in three games.Alexandre Burrows scored his fifth of the year and Mike Condon stopped 33 shots for Ottawa, which saw a three-game winning streak snapped on the second night of a back-to-back.Burrows gave the Senators a 1-0 lead when he knocked a bouncing puck past Bobrovsky from the doorstep 12 minutes into the first period. Jenner tied it up later in the first when he caught up with a fluttering pass from Thomas Vanek in the slot and lifted it over Condon’s shoulder.”I can’t overstate how important that play was, just to get us tied,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ”I thought it was a really good effort by Thomas in the neutral zone. It was a huge play in the game to get back even before maybe they score another one. If they score another one, you never know where it goes.”Ottawa’s Max McCormick went to the penalty box late in the second period for plowing over Bobrovsky Tomas Tatar Jersey Womens , a hit that required a trainer’s visit to make sure the goalie was OK. With 22 seconds left in the Blue Jackets’ power play, Nutivaara connected on a slap shot from the point.Senators coach Guy Boucher said his team is showing the effects of a difficult schedule.”We gave whatever we had,” Boucher said. ”It was a back-to-back. They were waiting for us. This was our fourth back-to-back in 15 days and all four back-to-backs were against teams that were not on the back-to-back. So at some point you have to be fair to the players. It’s ridiculous. They gave everything they had until the very end. They pushed with whatever was left.”NOTES: Ottawa F Ryan Dzingel had to be helped off the ice in third period after getting hit in the head. Boucher said afterward that he’s expected to be fine. … Columbus coach John Tortorella said Jones, who has an ”upper body- injury, is day-to-day. … Ottawa F Jim O’Brien got his first assist since March 16, 2013 – five years and a day – on Burrows’ first-period goal. … Condon started for Ottawa after Craig Anderson made 23 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Friday. … Jenner has four goals and two assists in the last five games. … Columbus is 17-0 when leading after two periods at Nationwide Arena.UP NEXT:Ottawa: Hosts Dallas on Friday.Columbus: Plays at Boston on Monday.—</div>