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Backstrom scores in OT, Caps take 3-2 series lead on Blue Jackets with 4-3 win

Backstrom scores in OT, Caps take 3-2 series lead on Blue Jackets with 4-3 win

Overtime came at the perfect time for the Washington Capitals .

Outshot, outskated and outplayed by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a lopsided third period of Game 5, the Capitals went into their locker room at intermission Saturday with no choice but to talk about what went wrong in blowing yet another lead.

"We knew we had to be better," Nicklas Backstrom said.

Better they were in a dominant overtime that Backstrom ended 11:53 in with his second goal of the game to give Washington a 4-3 victory and a 3-2 lead over the Blue Jackets in the first-round series. Thanks to goaltender Braden Holtby making 15 of his 39 saves in the third period and Backstrom's...

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