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The Columbus Blue Jackets bent in game one against the Washington Capitals, but they never broke. Artemi Panarin received a diving stretch pass from Ian Cole and Panarin took it down the left side and scored on a fake backhand normal shot 6:02 into overtime to stun the Washington Capitals 4-3 in game one.
Josh Anderson elbowed Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny late in the first-period and he received a game misconduct. Kempny didn’t return for the Capitals and Washington only had five defenseman for the rest of the game. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored both of Washington’s power-play goals in the first period in a span of :29 seconds.
Alexander Wennberg scored in the second-period for Columbus. Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal 1:31 into the third for Columbus.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored for the Capitals later in the third period. Seth Jones tied the game on the power play with 4:26 remaining in regulation. The rest was history.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for the Blue Jackets. Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves for the Capitals. Game 2 will be on Sunday Night in Washington, DC.