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Backstrom scores in OT, Caps take 3-2 series lead on Jackets

WASHINGTON (AP) Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Braden Holtby made 16 of his 39 saves in the third period to help Washington get to overtime. Four of five games between the teams have gone past regulation making fatigue a factor for Game 6 Monday night in Columbus.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie scored along with Backstrom in regulation for the Capitals, who became the first home team this series to win a home game. Holtby has been in net for Washington's three consecutive victories after replacing Philipp Grubauer in Game 2, stopping 102 of 108 shots to turn the tide.

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Leaders
Points: A. Panarin82
Plus/Minus: A. Panarin23
Shots on Goal: S. Jones249
PIM: I. Cole76
Win: S. Bobrovsky37
Shutouts: S. Bobrovsky5
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 236 (17)
Shots: 2761 (5)
PP%: 17.2% (25)
Penalty Minutes: 565 (29)
Assists: 390 (17)
SH Goals: 4 (25)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xy-Washington 49 26 7 105
x-Pittsburgh 47 29 6 100
x-Philadelphia 42 26 14 98
x-Columbus 45 30 7 97
x-New Jersey 44 29 9 97
Carolina 36 35 11 83
NY Islanders 35 37 10 80
NY Rangers 34 39 9 77
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 226 (22)
Shots Against: 2567 (21)
PK%: 76.2% (27)
Penalty Minutes: 600 (29)
Shutouts: 5 (13)
Sv%: 0.912 (10)
Injuries
Date Player Status
4/13 A. Wennberg Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
3/22 L. Sedlak Head (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/18 M. Kivlenieks Called up from minors from Cleveland-AHL
4/18 J. Scott Called up from minors from Cleveland-AHL
4/18 R. Collins Called up from minors from Cleveland-AHL
4/18 G. Carlsson Called up from minors from Cleveland-AHL
4/18 J. Schroeder Called up from minors from Cleveland-AHL
4/18 C. Gaunce Called up from minors from Cleveland-AHL
4/15 J. Zatkoff Called up from minors from Cleveland-AHL
3/29 M. Nutivaara Contract extended Four-year contract extension
3/26 A. Broadhurst Called up from minors from Cleveland-AHL
3/26 E. Robinson Signed as Free Agent Two-year, entry-level contract
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