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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, works against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Nationwide Arena.
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Oh, how things can change in a few days.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who used back-to-back overtime wins to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Washington Capitals, now head back to Washington with the series tied. That’s after Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots as the Caps beat Columbus 4-1 Thursday night to even the series at two games apiece.

Overtime Finally Bites Columbus Blue Jackets In Game Three

Apr 18, 2018
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For the first time in this season’s playoffs, overtime was unkind to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Washington Capitals’ Lars Eller tapped a rebound shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the second overtime period to give them a 3-2 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

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The Washington Capitals entered their first round playoff series against Columbus as a heavy favorite to advance to the next round.

Apparently, no one told the Blue Jackets.

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72), of Russia, kicks away the puck during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Washington.
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Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the winner 12:22 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin to beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday night and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Nick Foligno (71), Brandon Dubinsky (17), Ian Cole (23) and David Savard (58) in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington
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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.

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What do the Blue Jackets themselves think of the club’s new winning streak?

“We don’t talk about the streak,” says head coach John Tortorella.

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When a team that just made the playoffs sheds veteran players in favor of unproven rookies, it often signals a rebuilding effort centered around developing prospects instead of winning now.

With the 2017-2018 Columbus Blue Jackets, it could be the sign of continued success and an even brighter future.

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Aaron Portzline had his dream job. The Mount Vernon native and Ohio State University alum traveled with the Columbus Blue Jackets as he covered the team for The Columbus Dispatch, a paper he joined as a part-time employee at the age of 18.

Now he’s leaving the 146-year-old newspaper for a startup website that’s trying to reinvent local sports coverage.

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Win games, sell tickets - it's easier said than done. But a record-winning season for the Columbus Blue Jackets has led to record ticket sales. 

Columbus Blue Jackets playing at Nationwide Arena
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The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward Brandon Saad back to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for top young forward Artemi Panarin in a blockbuster draft day trade on Friday. 

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