With the Blue Jackets in a must-win predicament, they expect to put forth their best effort on Monday.
The OT game-winning goal was Backstrom's franchise-record fourth career postseason OT victor and gave the Capitals a 3-games-to-2 series lead over Columbus.
The Caps are minus-108 favorites to win this game and end the series (bet $10 for $9.26 profit), while the Blue Jackets are minus-102 to extend the series, according to OddsShark. "I thought it wasn't an ideal period for us, but we played well under the pressure. And we've got to back it up". It really interrupted the flow of the game. Someone is going to take the lead in this series, and then your back is against the wall.
That's how minute the focus usually gets for teams that make long runs in the playoffs, knowing that enough small wins - shift by shift - can stack up into monumental victories.
Much has been written about the Capitals inability to get past the second round of the playoffs, but most of the focus is on their failure to win, especially in game 7. Tom Wilson and Alexander Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist, and T.J. "Hopefully we can bring our confidence to Columbus on Monday". "I don't think any guys anxious about that". "We came into this building with the right mindset".
Playing in his 101st career postseason game - one clear of Dale Hunter and Kelly Miller for the second most in franchise history - Backstrom delivered with two goals and an assist, including the OT victor, as the Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime.
Neither Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky nor Washington netminder Braden Holtby are very good against the Penguins. "I think he took the game over", Holtby said. We sucked. We sucked. Columbus has lost the past three games, but Bobrovsky made numerous high-pressure stops in each - including three beauties in Game 5 that probably set off red-alert warning sirens at the offices of NHL Network.
Washington entered the third period with a 3-2 edge, but it has struggled to protect leads most of the series.
BOSTON (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.
Saturday during Game Five, TJ Oshie scored on a masterful deflection to give the Caps a lead going into the third period.
Throughout Capital One Arena on Saturday, "Holtby" chants and hymns of praise for the Capitals goaltender filled the air. But the Penguins only split the regular season series with Washington, 2-2. "I think as a group, they've all stepped up". "It's one of those things where you just try and do your job".
"We're just trying to make little adjustments here and there, trying to execute a little better, trying to mentally prepare a little better and waiting for our opportunities", he said. The two-time Vezina Trophy victor has to play significantly better if they are going to win.
Still, I'd rather have home ice than not. "We've got to find it". Even when they win a series, it takes 6 or 7 games. Washington F Andre Burakovsky missed a second game with an upper-body injury. Peter Bondra, Jason Chimera and Alex Ovechkin also have six career postseason game-winning goals with the Capitals. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Washington has seven power-play goals in the series.
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