Washington and Columbus faced off the Game Four in Ohio with the Capitals looking to knot the series at two games apiece. And that’s exactly what they accomplished with a 4 to 1 victory over the Blue Jackets.
Here’s Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
Plus: Holtby is Washington’s #1 (23 of 24, .958 SV%).
Minus: The reputation calls against Tom Wilson are getting harder and harder to justify are fair.
Eight more notes on the game.
- Early in the first period Wilson buried his second of the playoffs behind Sergei Bobrovsky. Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up the primary assist on the play, working the puck to Wilson for his slap shot atop the slot.
- Early in the second frame Wilson and Nick Foligno traded high quality scoring chances. Bobrovsky denied Wilson’s backhand shot on a breakaway and Foligno rang the right post behind Holtby from fifteen feet.
- And halfway through the game T.J. Oshie extended Washington’s lead to two with the man advantage. John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin worked the puck to Bobrovsky’s feet where Oshie collected and finished from above the crease.
- Devante Smith-Pelly was felled by a Blue Jackets’ shot in the second period and left for the locker room. He would return after the second intermission.
- Before the third period was three minutes old Ovechkin tallied his third of the playoffs, whipping a wrist shot between Bobrovsky’s legs. A hard charging Wilson allowed Kuznetsov to get the puck to Ovechkin in the slot for a quick shot and goal.
- But with thirteen minutes to play Boone Jenner broke Holtby’s shutout attempt with tip in the slot. John Anderson took a shot from the right circle that Jenner deflected under Holtby to put Columbus on the board.
- Halfway through the third period Ovechkin had a chance to ice the contest on a breakaway but Bobrovsky snatched the puck deftly with his glove, negating the opportunity.
- Kuznetsov would complete the game’s scoring at 57:41 with an empty net goal from neutral ice.