WASHINGTON — The Columbus Blue Jackets will visit the Capitals Friday for the teams’ first meeting since their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series last Spring.The Capitals dropped the first two games at home before winning four straight. Games 3 Aaron Ekblad Jersey , 4 and 6 were played in Columbus and Washington closed out the series with a 6-3 win at Columbus.Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella hasn’t gotten over his team’s failures on their own ice.Article continues below ...“I’m (ticked) off for our fans,” he said told the team’s website. “We had a few opportunities to win a home game in the playoffs and I’m (ticked) off they can’t enjoy that, even later in the series.“We go up 2-0, Game 3 we played really well, we couldn’t find a way to win it. Game 4 (a 4-1 loss) is the one that disturbs me. … To not to win a home game, that bugs me, because I want our players to feel that.”Washington (7-4-3) went on to win the Stanley Cup and has won two straight games for the first time this season while Columbus (8-6-1) is 4-2-1 on the road.The Capitals are coming off a stirring 2-1 win over the rival Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night. T.J. Oshie, who twice left the game due to injury, returned to score the game winner with 1:14 remaining in the third period.Oshie’s eighth goal of the season came after an accidental high stick in the first period left him with two stitches and an illegal hit by Evgeni Malkin in the third period almost put him out for good.“He came back right on time,” Nicklas Backstrom said. “That’s what elite players do; they come back. They score the game-winner.”Alex Ovechkin scored his 12th goal of the season and goaltender Braden Holtby made 41 saves to end a personal three-game losing streak (0-2-1).Thanks to Holtby, the Capitals won on a night they were outplayed by the Penguins and outshot 42-22.“That’s one thing that we’ve been battling this year and we kind of knew it was one of the things that was going to be a challenge for us floridapanthersteamshops.com/a…-aleksander-barkov-jersey , making sure that drive and motivation is up in the start of the season when the playoffs are so far away because these points mean a ton right now,” Holtby said. “We’re getting closer. We’re recognizing it more and more.”The Blue Jackets are coming off a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Anthony Duclair, Markus Nutivaara, Nick Foligno and Ryan Murray scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves.Artemi Panarin leads the Blue Jackets in assists (11) and points (16) while Josh Anderson leads the way with seven goals.“(Anderson) could be a very important part of this team if he just keeps on concentrating each and every game,” Tortorella told the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s something we look for. He sometimes forgets and gets a little inconsistent. We’re going to keep on reminding him, because he’s playing on the power play now, he’s killing penalties and it’s rightfully deserved.”Bobrovsky is 7-10-4 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .900 save percentage against the Capitals. Holtby is 14-4-2 with a 2.62 GAA and .914 save percentage versus the Blue Jackets.Ovechkin has 16 goals and six assists in 30 games against the Blue Jackets while Backstrom has 24 points in 29 games. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oscar Klefbom has gone from a massive drought to pouring in game-winning goals.The defenseman scored his second straight winner and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Thursday night.Klefbom broke a 2-all tie with 2:20 remaining on his power-play drive from the point. He has scored in back-to-back games after going without a goal since March 4.“It has been good timing for my first two goals here,” said Klefbom, who has five points in his last three games. “It was a big win for us. We didn’t play our best game Evgenii Dadonov Jersey Kids , so it was good to come out with two points in a game like this. For me, personally, it is nice to get the goals going and it has been good timing, too.”Jesse Puljujarvi and Alex Chiasson also scored for the Oilers, who are 3-1-1 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.“He’s pushing us to be our best,” said forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had a pair of assists. “It is tough to come in a quarter of the way through the season and try to change things, but he has done a good job of reminding us the things we already know, but also pushing us and keeping us honest.”Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter had the goals for the Kings, who won their previous two games.Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick made his first start since Oct. 23. He missed 15 games due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.“I’ve seen Jonathan Quick around a lot and I know he’s one of the best in the league,” said Kings coach Willie Desjardins Youth Jamie McGinn Jersey , who took over after Quick’s injury. “He showed that tonight. He played well, not just in the net, but handling the puck. He was good and it was good to have him back there. It’s too bad that for the game back, we couldn’t get a win for him.”Edmonton started the scoring 1:21 into the first period as Puljujarvi poked in the rebound of Drake Caggiula’s shot past Quick. The call withstood a coach’s replay challenge for goaltender interference.The Oilers added to their lead midway through the period on the power play when Chiasson, who came to the team on a training camp tryout, scored his 11th of the season on a rebound from his knees.Los Angeles got one back with six minutes left in the first when Brown beat goalie Mikko Koskinen on a one-timer from the top of the circle for his eighth goal.The Kings tied it on a two-man advantage with 31 seconds left in the first on a goal by Carter, their first power-play goal on the road this season.It looked as though Los Angeles grabbed the lead early in the third on a goal by Tyler Toffoli, but the play was deemed offside following a coach’s challenge.NOTES: It was the second of four meetings between the teams this season. The Kings won the first one 5-2 four days ago. … Los Angeles assigned goalie Peter Budaj to Ontario of the American Hockey League.UP NEXTKings: Conclude a three-game Western Canada road trip Friday in Calgary.Oilers: Close out a three-game homestand Saturday against Vegas.
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