After a disastrous play by Alex Ovechkin midway through the first period led to a shorthanded goal against, the Washington Capitals were on their heels once again in Game Five of this first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Later, after being outshot 16-1 in the final frame of regulation, things looked dire for Washington, with the team possibly headed to Columbus on the brink of elimination. In a series full of missteps, the Capitals had blown the lead four of the five games.
Nicklas Backstrom, joined by other veterans, had a word with the team before overtime, the fourth time this series has required at least one extra period.
“We had to be better,” Backstrom said of his message to the team.