COLUMBUS Cheap Logan Cooke Jersey , Ohio — After losing two games to start the postseason, the Washington Capitals stand on the brink of completing a comeback and advancing to the next round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
A 4-3 overtime victory on Saturday in Washington gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and put them one win from closing out the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Game 6 will be played Monday night at Nationwide Arena, where the Capitals already have won twice in the playoffs.
“It’s a big win moving forward,” Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said after the fourth overtime game in the series. “We still have one more game. (We have to) just play our game. It’s simple but it’s hard. They’re not going to give us an easy one. It’s going to be interesting.”
The Capitals keep finding ways to win. Their latest victory came on a goal by Nicklas Backstrom, his second of the game, on a redirection of a shot by Dmitry Orlov at 11:53 of overtime after Washington was outshot 16-1 in the third period.
“We know (in a) best out of seven series we need to be a little better if we’re going to win it,” Backstrom said. “I honestly thought we got a little lucky. But we’ll take it.
“We need be a little more aggressive. We need to be better with the puck.”
The bounces had gone the Blue Jackets’ way in their two overtime wins to start the series, but little has gone right for them since then.
The Blue Jackets were beaten in double overtime in Game 3 at home, struggled in Game 4, also at their own rink, and then played possibly their best game of the series on Saturday but weren’t rewarded.
With the Blue Jackets in a must-win predicament, they expect to put forth their best effort on Monday. Coach John Tortorella was confident enough to say after the latest loss in Washington, “I won’t have to say a damn word to them. We’ll be back here for Game 7.”
Ovechkin made a similar prediction after Washington dropped the first two games in the series, saying the team would win the next two in Columbus. The Capitals did just that.
Washington coach Barry Trotz understands that Tortorella is trying to motivate his team with a bold prediction.
“Well, what else are you going to say?” Trotz said. “That’s good. He wants to get it out there (that) he believes in his team, just as I believe in my team. So it’s our job for that not to happen Saquon Barkley Jersey , and we’re going to try to do that.”
Can the Blue Jackets deliver for Tortorella and the Columbus fans, who have yet to see the franchise win a playoff series since its inaugural season in 2000-01?
“Our backs are against the wall, right?” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. “If you can’t play your best game come Monday, then that’s disappointing. I don’t have any worries at all about our group going into Monday. If we have the same effort, the same mentality that we did (Saturday), we should be just fine.”
Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert, who scored two goals (one short-handed), quickly put Game 5 behind him and looked ahead to Monday night.
“I can’t wait to get back in front of fans,” he said. “I think we really owe them one. It’s a great barn. It’s going to be tough for them to come in. We’re excited about it.
“We’ve got an epic game at home to tie this up. … We want to have a dominant effort at home and get back to Washington.”
Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said, “It’s do or die. Desperation level is at an all-time high. We feel confident going on our home ice.”
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby withstood the Blue Jackets’ third-period attack, finishing with 39 saves and giving Washington a chance to come away with a win in overtime. He expects another nail-biter in the highly competitive matchup between the Metropolitan Division teams.
Washington is 7-8 all time in games when it has a 3-2 series lead.
“It’s going to best game yet of the series,”Holtby said. “Both teams are not giving an inch, fighting for every little inch out there. We know they’re going to come out hard for Game 6.”
Robby Anderson has had a rough year, generating the type of headlines no one wants their name attached to 鈥?let alone an up-and-coming NFL player.
The New York Jets wide receiver was arrested twice during a nine-month span in Florida. While charges were dropped in one case, Anderson still faces a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in the other.
"It's been a lot of growth," Anderson said of his tumultuous last several months. "I've had to overcome adversity. But I feel like it's made me stronger and I didn't let it define my vision or my goals."
The 25-year-old Anderson spoke to the media for the first time this offseason Youth Mike McGlinchey Jersey , and expressed thanks to the Jets for standing behind him during his legal troubles.
"That means the world to me," he said. "It just motivates me more and I really owe them the world. That's why I'm working hard and giving it my all because I know they believe in me and I know they're behind me through whatever."
Anderson could still face discipline from the NFL under its conduct policy, but he remains optimistic he won't be suspended by the league.
"Not to my concern yet," Anderson said. "Once my other case gets settled, I know my lawyer informed me that we'll have a conversation with the league about that."
Anderson set career highs with 63 catches, 941 yards receiving and seven touchdowns last year, his second NFL season. But the off-field issues have led to some questions about his character and long-term well-being 鈥?and whether this is a developing pattern of behavior.
Anderson was arrested in May 2017 at a Miami music festival and charged with felony resisting an officer with violence. Police accused Anderson of pushing an officer after the wide receiver was involved in a fight with security personnel, but the charge was dropped.
On Jan. 19 in Sunrise, Florida, Anderson was charged on nine counts, including a felony charge of fleeing and eluding police with lights and sirens active. Eight of the charges were dropped, and the original felony was reduced to misdemeanor reckless driving on April 7, and his next hearing is scheduled for July 19. A felony charge of threatening a public servant or family member had been dismissed due to insufficient evidence.
"The truth always comes to the light," Anderson said. "My other case is still pending, so I'm not going to get into details about that."
Anderson said he communicated directly with coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan after each incident, so the team immediately knew about the circumstances and weren't blindsided. The wide receiver didn't fear for his roster spot because of that Cheap Derrick Nnadi Jersey , and added that speaking to Bowles "wasn't a tough conversation."
"Me and him, we keep it real with each other, man to man," Anderson said, "and we see eye to eye."
Bowles, as is the rest of the franchise, is hoping Anderson is putting his off-field issues behind him.
"Time will tell," Bowles said. "You can get to be a better person and he's got to be consistent at it, and he's working at it. So, we go from there."
Added Anderson: "I mean, that's the goal in life. As you get older, you always want to mature and grow. That's my vision, that's my goal and that's what I'm working toward. I've seen myself, I've grown a lot and overcame a lot of situations. It's just staying focused on what's important."
Anderson was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Temple in 2016, and he made the opening week roster with an outstanding training camp. He is quickly developing into one of the top young deep threats in the league.
But he also recognizes the need to make better choices off the field, and trying to make sure he doesn't put himself in similar situations moving forward.
"That's not me Fred Lynn Jersey , not the place for me," he said. "I'm an NFL football player, so I'm doing everything in my power to avoid anything that even gets me close to those situations."
Anderson was also asked if he felt embarrassed in any way by how he represented the organization because of the arrests.
"I apologized for, in particular, being in those situations, but the certain situation that's still pending I'm not going to speak about, but the other situation before, I didn't do anything wrong," Anderson said. "The truth came out.
"I was proven innocent and the charges were dropped, so I'm sorry that that happened, but they know that."
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