It was Washington's eighth straight first round playoff game to require extra time going back to last season. Facing the prospect of a 3-0 series hole the Capitals needed somebody to step up in a big situation and Eller just happened to be in the right place at the right time to help them get on the board in their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Josh Morrissey might be looking at a suspension for his cross-check to the neck of Eric Staal, while Wild coach Bruce Boudreau argued that the non-call on that play cost the Wild the game.
The Capitals face a daunting task after dropping a pair of home games in overtime to open the series against a Columbus team that are getting solid goaltending from two-time Vezina Trophy victor Sergei Bobrovsky. Friday night will see an all-important Game 4 that will either send the Blue Jackets back to Washington having failed to take control of a series that was well within their grasp or see the Capitals return home under the considerable weight of another potential playoff failure.
That's the way it stayed until the second overtime.More news: Diamonds found in an unknown meteorite came from a lost planet
Although the Capitals tallied the go-ahead goal later in the second period, the Blue Jackets quickly evened things up after the intermission. The Blue Jackets got a break two minutes later when a goal by the Capitals' Brett Connolly was waved off after a video replay showed he was offside bringing the puck down the ice.
Dubois tied it with 8:42 left in the second when he rifled a shot past Holtby's glove from the right circle.
The Capitals took the lead back on a John Carlson power-play goal with 5:17 left in the middle period. While it is not favorable for the Capitals as they play on the road, everything is possible.More news: Mecca Masjid blast case: NIA judge resignation hangs in the balance
The first-round tilt between the Blue Jackets and Capitals has been nearly unbelievably tight, but there are three things in particular to watch as Columbus attempts to close it out and Washington seeks the comeback win. Vrana was a healthy scratch for that game.
"We've been building something for a little while here", Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. Sonny Milano again played in his place. It was the 22nd time in National Hockey League history that a playoff series went to overtime in at least three consecutive games.More news: NASA, SpaceX ready to launch planet hunter from Cape Canaveral