Blue Jackets get game’s first power play, but can’t score: Columbus needed a spark and got one when the Caps struggled to clear their zone and Nicklas Backstrom ended up taking a hooking penalty.
Shortly after the 10-minute mark, the Blue Jackets threw a tricky deflection on net, but Braden Holtby stoned the tip from Cam Atkinson to keep the score level.
: The Columbus Blue Jackets skated out for pregame warmups for Thursday’s Game 6 against Washington with LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” blaring at Nationwide Arena.
On one hand, it was fitting given the first line of the classic track begins with the lyric: “Don’t call it a comeback.” But down 3-2 after Thursday night’s Game 5 overtime loss, the only team that can knock anyone out of the playoffs tonight is Washington.
The Blue Jackets might have to attempt to rally from their series deficit with a much more subdued crowd Thursday night; rainy conditions in Columbus shut down the usual pregame raucous atmosphere outside the arena, and a large number of seats on the secondary ticket market were still available with less than a half-hour before opening faceoff.
Forwards Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson Chandler Stephenson-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie Brett Connolly-Lars Eller-Devante Smith-Pelly Jakub Vrana-Jay Beagle-Alex Chiasson Scratches: Andre Burakovsky (upper body), Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Brian Pinho
Scratches: Markus Hannikainen, Alex Broadhurst, Taylor Chorney, Jack Johnson, Scott Harrington, Dean Kukan, Lukas Sedlak (upper body), Sonny Milano
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