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Tarik's 3 Stars Nick Backstrom the OT hero in series-changing Game 5 win

Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals and drew a penalty in a span of less than six minutes late in the second period, opening up what had been a tight 1-1 game, and giving the Caps some much-needed breathing room.

Foligno would give Columbus a little life as he got his second of the game with an easy tap-in past Holtby nearly nine minutes into the third period.

Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist, and Dimitry Orlov, Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller also scored for Washington.

BC-HKN-Capitals-Blue Jackets, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 725 Capitals advance with 6-3 win over Blue Jackets in Game 6AP Photo OHJL101, OHJL103, OHJL110, OHJL109, OHJL108, OHJL105, OHJL106, OHJL102Eds: Capitals 6, Blue Jackets 3. After Ovechkin's second-period goals, Washington never relinquished a two-goal lead.

For Columbus, there are lessons to be learned that they will talk about in July and hope to come back even stronger next year with the objective of winning their first playoff series in franchise history. "It's going to be a huge series for us".

Momentum was shifting to the home team, but Ovechkin would soon quiet the sellout crowd of 18,637 at Nationwide Arena. He collected a loose puck in Washington ice, skated up the left wing wall and into Columbus territory, and sent a laser of a shot over Bobrovsky's glove hand to restore the Caps' two-goal lead, 4-2 at 3:56.

The story for the Blue Jackets in the four-game stretch was their power-play futility. The Jackets made it 5-3 less than three minutes later when Foligno netted his second goal of the game on a back door tap-in. The Blue Jackets will see their career playoff series record drop to 0-4.

Washington, which closed out the series with four straight victories, will now face Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh in the semifinals for the third straight spring and the fourth time since 2009. Washington again kept the Blue Jackets' best player Artemi Panarin off the score sheet after he had two goals and five assists in the first three playoff games. They remain the only active National Hockey League franchise never to win a playoff series.

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