Eller's goal sets the stage for another crucial contest in this series.
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) shoots against the Washington Capitals during the first period in Game 3 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Was he the Capitals' best player?
After a scoreless first period, Wilson got credit for the first Washington goal when he deflected Matt Niskanen's rising shot 5:52 into the second. Holtby came on in the third period of Game 2 and played well, then turned in a strong performance in Game 3, making 33 saves. It was his second shutout of the series. He had a 3-10 record with an.887 SP in 14 starts. I mean, no one wants to give an inch, no one wants to be the guy that makes the mistake, so I think we're learning about ourselves a lot through this and how we handle it. (I recommend this technique for the inevitable overtime in Game 4.) Things were apparently a little less tense in the Capitals' locker room.
Of course, Washington has its own goaltending to worry about, too. And despite this win, the Capitals have to either win three straight or three of the next four games.
After all, the Blue Jackets have never won a series, so to get their first against Washington would cement the Caps' legacy as perennial playoff chokers.
"We got a break, it's what we needed", Capitals forward John Connolly said.
Artemi Panarin continues to outshine every other player in this series. Panarin has been lethal, and every single touch of the puck for the skillful winger is coming along with that oh-boy-watch-this feeling. Sweet goals, unbelievable saves and a double-overtime victor - this game had it all.
Earlier in the game, Angry Torts made an appearance. Going into the second overtime, a few more jokes come out.
Now, Washington needs their stars to take over in a way they haven't quite done so to this point. Alex Ovechkin leads in goals with 2 while Carlson tops in assists with 6. In fact, Devante Smith-Pelly is the only Capital with more than a single point at even strength.
But Washington shouldn't panic.
The Blue Jackets pulled off a 5-4 OT in the previous game to have a commanding series advantage. That series was equally as close, too, with five of the seven games decided by one goal. You can stream that game live here.
On the season, the Blue Jackets are averaging 2.9 goals and 17.2 powerplay percentage per game.