He was one of the Caps' more effective players in the playoffs a year ago, accounting for six points (three goals) in 13 games while coming in at plus-5. It marked the first game the netminder had let up fewer than two goals in a start since mid-November, a return to form for the reigning Vezina Trophy victor in a season of inconsistency.
Adding Wennberg back in wouldn't reduce the amount of fatigue, however as obvious as it may sound a worn out top six player is much better than a tired bottom six one. He continued his stellar play last game with 23 saves on 24 shots to guide Washington to a 4-1 victory and even the series at 2-2. Now, the Washington Capitals have matched Sergei Bobrovsky with Braden Holtby and after four games there are many Blue Jackets fans asking why the team is struggling so badly.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, unable to capitalize on the prosperity of winning the first two games on the road, travel to Washington for Saturday's Game 5 matinee against the resurgent Capitals with the series tied - just as Alex Ovechkin predicted.
Braden Holtby is also a reason why life has become harder for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has 50 goals and 70 assists for 120 career points in 252 career games. Tom Wilson made it 1-0, T.J. Oshie. Expect to see Jakub Vrana take over on the second line until Burakovsky is able to come back.
"They're a good forechecking team so obviously you've got to be good on their breakouts and get back, and help out in the (defensive) zone first", Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom told the team's website. Though it could be argued they have been outplayed to some extent in each game, Thursday was a washout. "It was unexpected. It happened". He finally got a bit of a relief in Game 4 as it did not go to overtime and he was down to 26:22 on the ice. Coach John Tortorella confirmed his return about an hour before puck drop.
Anderson led the Blue Jackets in goals, but his discipline has cost Columbus twice in the series. "I'm telling you, we laid an egg, so I'm not going to break it down for you". "We just did it in reverse order and it kinda feels like the bottom fell out, ya know?" The saves he's made, he's gotten lucky on a couple that just hit him.