Artemi Panarin: Three points including OT victor in Game 1

2018 NHL First-Round Playoff Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

2018 NHL First-Round Playoff Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

On Friday, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen called the play "a unsafe hit" by Wilson and termed Wennberg's injury as "upper body".

WASHINGTON (AP) - Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. So, he's spent a lot of time educating himself on what they're looking at and how they look at it and what's the certain things they look for.

To capitalize the Caps' power play, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first goal to draw blood. Winger Tom Wilson was called for a charging penalty just 1:18 into the third. But, we lost a player early in the game. That's a critical moment. You know what, I've got to be better and maybe pass up on that hit. Get ready to buckle those seatbelts and grab your popcorn, because the Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally upon us.

About five minutes into the second period, Columbus was granted a lifeline. The Capitals did have control for a good portion in game one and they also outshot the Blue Jackets by a 30-27 margin.

"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".

How They Lose: Washington has been cursed by the post-season yips during the Ovechkin era, and the team needs to find some clutchness. We're just doing it too often.

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Norris Trophy-contending defenseman Seth Jones made things happen to send the game to overtime in the building where father Popeye spent two of his 11 National Basketball Association seasons. Jones, son of former National Basketball Association player Popeye Jones, drew a penalty late in the third period, nearly put the puck in his own net and tied it on the ensuing power play with 4:26 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

With the man-advantage, Blue Jackets forward Thomas Vanek created ideal positioning in front of the net to sneak one past Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

"Big goal for our team", said Panarin, whom Columbus acquired in a trade from Chicago last summer after lacking finish in its series defeat to Pittsburgh. This is a must win game and I expect the Capitals to come through with a full 60 minute effort. Ovechkin has rebounded from his "worst" season ever - he still had 33 goals past year - and has been pumping in shots from his favorite spot above the circle once again.

Game two is on Sunday night in Washington, D.C.

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. "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". Nonetheless, the game was tied 2-2, until Devante Smith-Pelly was able to shoot the puck past Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky. Ian Cole and Pierre-Luc Dubois got assists on the play.

NOTES: Trotz said Kempny, whose head hit the glass on Anderson's hit from behind, would be re-evaluated Friday.