Capitals-Blue Jackets, 1st Ld-Writethru,628

Capitals-Blue Jackets, 1st Ld-Writethru,628

BC-HKN-Capitals-Blue Jackets, 1st Ld-Writethru, 628 Capitals beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in 2OT, pull to 2-1 in seriesAP Photo OHPV111, OHPV110, OHPV107, OHPV109, OHPV108, OHPV112, OHPV106, OHPV105, OHPV104, OHPV102, OHPV101, OHPV103Eds: Blue Jackets 3, Capitals 2, 2OT. But once you get there, the teams have that type of mettle that allowed them to get here, so we're here to do what they did. "It's going to be a battle again in Game 4". "It's a game of inches and on this night, we were on the other side of it". Panarin shouldn't have been able to make anything of that possession, but he embarrassed Capitals defenseman Dmitri Orlov with a burst of speed to the outside and found enough daylight that he was able to move the puck back to the middle of the ice before deftly flicking the puck into the far corner past Washington goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

They're also trying to balance the excitement of being ahead in any playoff series for the first time in franchise history and the focused calm they'll need to polish off two more wins against the team that won the Metropolitan Division.

For a change, it took more than one extra session to decide Tuesday's game. He fits in well with the Blue Jackets system, especially with Boone Jenner, and will likely have a much smaller contract. The Capitals now trail this best-of-seven series 2-1. Was he the best player on the ice? No. Grubauer, who outplayed Holtby down the stretch in the regular season, allowed four goals in each game. Holtby came on in the third period of Game 2 and played well, then turned in a strong performance in Game 3, making 33 saves. "It's just the beginning of a great series", said Ovechkin. "[Holtby] was a true pro, has been working with the goalie coaches on his game and got some pretty good momentum towards the end of the season, so you look at what he's done in the playoffs, all of those things, he's a pretty good option for us". Just last season, the Blue Jackets stole one on the road from the Penguins in Game 2 and went back to Pittsburgh in a series that was tied at two games apiece.

Tom Wilson and John Carlson also scored, and Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots for the Capitals, who were in danger of falling into a almost insurmountable hole had they let the game slip away.