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Morning Bag Skate: Washington Capitals even series against Columbus Blue Jackets

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Washington Capitals v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Four Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and assisted on another to boost the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their first-round series Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

The series is now tied 2-2 after Washington’s second straight road victory. It’s the only series in this year’s playoffs to see both teams trade wins away from home. Game 5 is Saturday in Washington.

BLACKHAWKS

**Who could be next Bickell, Hjalmarsson, Crawford for IceHogs? (Rockford Register Star)

**Pirri, Wolves ready for strong Calder Cup finish (The Daily Herald)

**Calder Cup playoffs: IceHogs vs. Wolves schedule (SCH)

**Hawks never-ending woes on special teams (SCH)

**Panarin would not have fixed Hawks (SCH)

**Which Hawks will play at Worlds? (SCH)

**Celebrate Blackhawks legend Scott Foster with this T-shirt (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Preds’ Hartman suspended for Game 5 for illegal check (PHT)

**Hammond to start Game 5 for Avs (Mile High Hockey)

**The case for the Stars bringing back Desjardins (Defending Big D)

NHL

**Stanley Cup playoffs: Bracket, schedule, scores and more (SBN)

**Doughty, Hedman, Subban named Norris Trophy finalists (PHT)

**Game 4: Bruins push Maple Leafs to brink with win (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**Game 4: Capitals even series against Blue Jackets (Japers’ Rink)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Comparisons to Crosby not easy for Alexis Lafreniere to ignore (Sportsnet)