Missed all the regulation with a power failure, including internet, here in Ballston... got power back just in time to see OT start... OT was very exciting, lots of good things for the Caps, but Columbus gets the break and the game.
Holtby came in start 3rd, from what I heard, Ovechkin with 2 PPGs in regulation.
Got to come up big in Ohio.
Yes, you can add the problem with goalies, now. Who will start? Holtby only faced 8 shots, and he let one in. On the other hand, Grubauer seems to have more difficulties in the playoffs. The next game is very important, so it will be hard to choose.
I guess the Caps only needed a little more luck, in this game: shots were 58-30 Caps! Ovechkin played 30 minutes, and he had 10 shots on goal (plus 5 blocked and only 2 wide).
Beagle opened the score at even strength after only 2:12 of play, but after that, the Caps only scored on the powerplay: Ovechkin twice, like you said, and Oshie. The Blue Jackets scored 2 on the powerplay and 3 at even strength.
Backstrom had 2 assists and Carlson 3. Carlson has 6 assists, now, he's leading the league.
So defense is the problem. They must not think only offense, especially when they have a 3-1 lead. I guess the Caps are a better team but they made a few mistakes that cost them the win both times.
It could be 2-0 Caps with almost exactly the same games, really. They must go get two wins in Columbus, but this time in a clear way.
Bobrovsky is good, but he's only 8th in the league in GAA (3.04) and save percentage now (92%), very, very far from Fleury (0.84, 97%), Murray, etc. So the Caps must not think they are facing a wall, they must believe in their chances.