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  • Associated Press Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, left, fights for the puck against Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin on Thursday.

Friday, April 13, 2018 1:00 am

NHL Playoffs

Bluejackets need OT to win opener vs. Caps

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Panarin made an incredible individual move to drive by fellow Russian Dmitry Orlov and went backhand-to-forehand to beat Philipp Grubauer top shelf.

Game 2 is Sunday night in Washington.

Alexander Wennberg, Thomas Vanek and Seth Jones scored in regulation, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots for Columbus, which got two power-play goals to continue a strong trend since the trade deadline.

Wennberg left the game with an upper-body injury in the third period and didn't return. Jones, son of Pacer assistant coach and former NBA player Popeye Jones, drew a penalty late in the third period, almost put the puck in his own net and tied it on the ensuing power play with 4:26 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Washington got two power-play goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov on Josh Anderson's five-minute major penalty for boarding Michal Kempny and an even-strength goal on the rush in the third period by Devante Smith-Pelly. Grubauer, who got the nod to start over 2016 Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Braden Holtby, made 23 saves in his second career playoff start.

LIGHTNING 5, DEVILS 2: In Tampa, Florida, Tampa Bay, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, got early goals from four players before holding off New Jersey in Game 1. Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde scored, helping the Lightning build a 3-0 lead that New Jersey trimmed to one goal before Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov, who added an empty-netter with 1:12 remaining.

BRUINS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 1: In Boston, Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci each scored a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots to lead Boston past Toronto in Game 1.

David Pastrnak also scored for Boston, and Sean Kuraly bunted one out of the air and into the net over goalie Frederik Andersen to make it 4-1 with seven minutes gone in the third period. Krejci bounced it in off Andersen from behind to make it 5-1 after Toronto's Nazem Kadri was thrown out and given a five-minute major for an elbow to Tommy Wingels' head.

Kings suspension

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas forward William Carrier during Game 1 on Wednesday.