Artemi Panarin: Three points including OT victor in Game 1

Artemi Panarin: Three points including OT victor in Game 1

Artemi Panarin scored a lovely goal 6:02 into overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in the first-round playoff series.

Wennberg left the game with an upper-body injury in the third period and didn't return. Whatever the case, coach Barry Trotz's Capitals have been mediocre in both goal prevention and penalty killing, two aspects of the game that tend to get magnified in the playoffs.

Taylor Hall scored an unassisted goal in the second period, then assisted on Travis Zajac's power-play goal that cut it to 3-2 midway through third against Andrei Vasilievskiy. Winger Tom Wilson was called for a charging penalty just 1:18 into the third. "That cost us the game ... and that was a critical moment".

"The Josh Anderson hit, it's one of those calls that's tough, it happens fast.I do not agree with the call, even with that", Kekalainen told reporters on a conference call Friday. Maybe pass up on that hit. We've got the lead there so maybe a big hit is not needed.

Evander Kane scored twice in a dominant second period and Martin Jones made 25 saves to record the shutout as San Jose opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a win over Anaheim.

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"There was no panic on the bench there", coach John Tortorella said. "And I think he's pretty confident about the team in front of him as well". We're just doing it too often. That tied the game at 3-3 and time ran out in regulation. Jones drew a tripping penalty on Andre Burakovsky that Washington coach Barry Trotz called unnecessary, nearly put the puck in his own net on the delayed penalty and then scored off a pass from Panarin on the ensuing power play with just 4:26 left in regulation. The 19-year old center had an outstanding rookie season, amassing 48 points, and he netted three points in four regular season games against the Capitals The Blue Jackets are scoring an average of 2.9 goals this season, ranking them 17th overall.

Panarin finished with one goal and two assists, and Thomas Vanek added one goal and one assist. Ovechkin has rebounded from his "worst" season ever - he still had 33 goals previous year - and has been pumping in shots from his favorite spot above the circle once again.

Columbus will look to jump out to a surprising 2-0 lead when these teams meet for Game 2 on Sunday in DC.

For as good as the Blue Jackets offense was a season ago (they finished sixth in the National Hockey League in goals scored) they still lacked a go-to-forward that could be a difference-maker. "I thought he was fine. We'll sit down, we'll reevaluate all the goals, we'll reevaluate our team and where we're at and we'll go from there". I'll just put in the league's hand, but we lost a player early in the game. As a result, the Caps will turn to Philipp Grubauer to start Game 1. On the next shift, Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno took a slap shot to the face and left with a trail of blood. Foligno was back in the lineup after missing the past six games with injury, and Columbus D Markus Nutivaara returned after missing the final three of the regular season.

Kuznetsov scored the first goal just 29 seconds later, beating goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on a low shot from the left side. Washington went to overtime for the seventh time in its past 14 playoff games.