Jackets' Wennberg doubtful for Game 2 vs. Caps

Laverne Higgins
April 14, 2018

The Columbus Blue Jackets showed great poise in their 3-2 comeback win against the Washington Capitals in game one on Thursday night.

Quite a way for the Jackets to start off their playoff run, and this whole "series lead" business is something that is very new to them (they've had a very rough postseason history).

Vanek scored with Tom Wilson in the penalty box for charging Wennberg, a play the Capitals forward took responsibility for shifting the game in the Blue Jackets' direction. Trotz gave Grubauer the nod over 2016 Vezina Trophy victor Braden Holtby to start Game 1 but said afterward he'd consider his goaltending options ahead of Game 2 Sunday in Washington.

Forsberg, who has 13 goals and 11 assists in 20 regular-season matches against Colorado, snapped a 2-2 tie at 6:08 of the third period by deflecting Roman Josi's point blast past a helpless Jonathan Bernier. "That tonight was one of those games where we talked to each other, we pumped each other up, we felt good and it never felt like we were going to lose this one". Evgeny Kuznetsov netted two first period goals in the losing cause.

Wennberg left the game with an upper-body injury in the third period and didn't return.

As the period started to wind down, there was a twist in the game, and Columbus was soon down one man for five minutes, and then for the entirety of the game.

"There was no panic on the bench there", coach John Tortorella said. I've got to be better. They were shorthanded just 214 times this season, 30th most in the league. "We just stayed with it".

Panarin wheeled around Washington defenceman Dmitry Orlov and beat goaltender Philipp Grubauer, of Germany, with a shot to the top half of the net in front of a crowd of 18,500 at the Capital One Arena in Washington.

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It's a big loss for the Capitals after Grubauer allowed four goals on 27 shots.

"There's no sense chasing Jonesy behind the net there", coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought he was fine". "He's done what we've expected him to do, and we knew he was going to because we know the player so well".

BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci each scored a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots in Boston's Game 1 victory over Toronto.

"That's the team effort", Bobrovsky said.

However, the Blue Jackets were able to kill off the remainder of the penalty, and slowly clawed their way back into the game.

Michal Kempny leaves the game with an injury during the first period of Game 1.

NOTES: Trotz said Kempny, whose head hit the glass on Anderson's hit from behind, would be re-evaluated Friday. Adding Ian Cole at the deadline gave an already deep blueline a veteran with Stanley Cup rings, a nice addition to a roster that's otherwise bereft of playoff success. Panarin had three points in one game after recording just one in the Blackhawks' first-round loss via sweep last season. Washington went to overtime for the seventh time in its past 14 playoff games.

On Friday, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen called the play "a risky hit" by Wilson and termed Wennberg's injury as "upper body". That includes recently acquired center Mark Letestu, who's been centering the fourth line.

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