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Capitals blow late lead, fall to Blue Jackets in OT, 4-3, in playoff opener

Capitals blow late lead, fall to Blue Jackets in OT, 4-3, in playoff opener

The Columbus Blue Jackets went down two goals and three forwards and left with a Game 1 victory.

Artemi Panarin scored a beautiful goal 6:02 into overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in the first-round playoff series.

Panarin won it after Columbus lost Josh Anderson to a game misconduct, Alexander Wennberg with an apparent head injury and captain Nick Foligno after taking a puck to the face.

None of that seemed to faze a team accustomed to overcoming injuries and digging out of deficits.

“In the playoffs, you find a little bit of extra energy,” said Blue Jackets forward Thomas Vanek, who scored from...

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