Capitals' Andre Burakovsky needs surgery, out for rest of first round


Taking the loss in game four was Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed three goals on 32 shot attempts to fall to 2-2 with a 2.73 GAA and a.921 save percentage in the series and 5-12 with a 3.41 GAA and a.896 save percentage in the playoffs in his career. After Game 2, Alex Ovechkin was defiant and said "it's going to be fun when we bounce back and going to tie the series and come back here and play Game 5 at home".

Burakovsky required "minor surgery" for an upper-body injury suffered thanks to a Boone Jenner hit during Game 2 of the first-round series. Game 5 is Saturday afternoon in Washington. Ovechkin has three goals and three assists in the four games. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Blue Jackets will be Sergei Bobrovsky and he will be opposed by Braden Holtby.

The Capitals will look to ride their momentum, even without Burakovsky, to take the series lead against the Blue Jackets in Game Five. He also added 27 minutes in penalties. He did not travel to OH with the team, staying back in D.C. while the Caps won the last two games on the road to even the series at 2-2.

Columbus had overcome multi-goal deficits to win the first two games in Washington. On the verge of escaping a bad situation, Washington needed a good game and they got perhaps their best of the year. Washington has really been playing well overall as they come in having won 14 of their last 19 and are looking to get past the 2nd round this year, which is something they have not done in each of the last three years. Tom Wilson and Alexander Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist for Washington. In what was a disappointing fourth National Hockey League season, he finished with 12 goals and 13 assists in 56 games. During the regular season, he was 34-20 with a 2.99 GAA and a.907 save percentage overall, including 22-9 with a 2.41 GAA and a.921 save percentage here at home.

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The Capitals got their second halfway through the second period on a power play when Oshie flicked in a rebound. The announced crowd of 19,337 was the largest ever for a Blue Jackets game. Kuznetsov sealed the win with an empty-netter to send the series back to Washington tied 2-2. It marked the first game the netminder had let up fewer than two goals in a start since mid-November, a return to form for the reigning Vezina Trophy victor in a season of inconsistency. Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 1.

"We got some good fortune, but we also executed and we were committed today", Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

One reason for the comeback has been special teams.