Blue Jackets gain national attention after big win


On Friday, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen called the play "a risky hit" by Wilson and termed Wennberg's injury as "upper body". The NHL Department of Player Safety reviews all hits, and Wilson's charging infraction on Columbus center Alexander Wennberg is in the process of being examined, according to a source.

Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in an Eastern Conference first-round series here Thursday night. Wilson has already been suspended twice this season, so he's a repeat offender and could face harsher discipline as a result.

Maybe the Blue Jackets didn't, but they didn't make it easy on themselves, falling behind 2-0 on power-play goals by Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on Anderson's five-minute major penalty for boarding and injuring Washington's Michal Kempny. The Capitals failed to make the most of a five-minute power play, gave up a momentum-shifting goal soon thereafter and took costly late penalties that allowed Columbus to come back.

"We just stayed with it", Tortorella said when asked about how his team responded being down 2-0 in the first period. That's a critical moment. I've got to be better. "We're trying to get that out of the game". It's playoffs. Trying to finish your checks, and unfortunately I took a penalty.

The Capitals didn't win their third straight Presidents' Trophy but they beat expectations.

The league will closely look at whether the head was the main point of contact, and as such, if the head contact was avoidable, and there would need to be video angles to support that.

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The Washington Capitals will attempt to even the series at one apiece when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Sunday night from the Capital One Arena.

The news might get worse for the Stanley Cup drought-weary Leafs as forward Nazem Kadri is facing a likely suspension for a unsafe hit on Bruins Tommy Wingels which sent Wingels face first into the side boards. The 19-year old center had an outstanding rookie season, amassing 48 points, and he netted three points in four regular season games against the Capitals The Blue Jackets are scoring an average of 2.9 goals this season, ranking them 17th overall.

Trotz said he will go game-by-game in his goaltending decisions.

"I just think (Grubauer) deserves the opportunity", Trotz told of going with Grubauer in Game 1. "It's unfortunate the player got hurt, obviously". You know, it was the right call on the ice. "If I had to pick anybody in the league to go to the playoffs with, it would be him". "I'm happy because it was a hard game and a big win". Holtby was in goal for all four games.

Top defensive pair Seth Jones and Zach Werenski each scored 16 goals, tying the franchise record for most goals by a defenseman in one season.

"He does a good job of educating himself", MacLellan said of Wilson. They Capitals could opt to go with the experienced Holtby in this one. "That's the difference a lot of times between winning and losing...big game players, that's important if you want to find your way this time of year in high stake games".