Caps take full advantage of major penalty in Game 1

Chris Lingebach
April 12, 2018 - 8:52 pm

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A major penalty opened the door for the Washington Capitals to take over early in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus winger Josh Anderson was assessed a five-minute major, and ejected on a game misconduct penalty, for boarding Caps defender Michal Kempny in the first period.

Evgeny Kuznetsov put the Capitals on the board first, scoring a power-play goal with two minutes and eight seconds remaining in the first period.

Less than a minute later, Kuznetsov put another goal past Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, giving the Caps a commanding 2-0 lead heading into first intermission, with another two-plus minutes still remaining on the power play.

Alexander Wennberg brought the Jackets within one five minutes into the second.