EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND, GAME 6:
CAPITALS (3-2) AT BLUE JACKETS (2-3)
Location: Nationwide Arena, 7:30 p.m., Monday
Local TV: Fox Sports Ohio/Fox Sports Go (Jeff Rimer, Jody Shelley) - FOX Sports Ohio channel finder
- Columbus/Lima and Cleveland areas can find the game on the main FOX Sports Ohio cable channel
- Cincinnati, Dayton, Louisville/Lexington, Charleston/Huntington, Toledo areas can find the game on the alternate FOX Sports Ohio cable channels
National TV: CNBC (John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Joe Micheletti); Sportsnet, TVA (Canada)
Radio: 97.1 FM & BlueJackets.com (Bob McElligott)
How the Blue Jackets play Monday night won't ultimately mean all that much if it doesn't lead to a victory against the Washington Capitals.
Columbus is backed into a proverbial corner, down 3-2 in the later stages of an entertaining first-round matchup, and all that matters now is winning. If the Jackets play another good game and lose, as they did in overtime of Game 5 on Saturday in Washington, D.C., the season will be over.
It's become that simple.
"Deserving and fate and all that stuff … it's about finding a way to win a hockey game right now," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Sunday, after a brisk practice at Nationwide Arena. "So, if we get outshot 50-20 [Monday] night, but we end up on the right side, we'll take it."
That's because a win will extend the season by at least one more game, forcing a Game 7 on Wednesday to conclude the series at Capital One Arena, where Columbus won the first two games in overtime to take a 2-0 lead.
They've since lost three straight games, including one in double overtime and the most recent one Saturday in overtime.
"There's so many different ways of winning and losing in playoff hockey, so many ebbs and flows," said Tortorella, who twice proclaimed following Game 5 the series would last seven games. "That's just the way the game is. We should feel really confident about how we played [Saturday] night and try to bring it right into Game 6 here."