Capitals Let Lead Slip Away, Lose 2-1 (OT) to Blue Jackets

Jan 19, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) tries to reach the puck on the stick of Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Washington defeated Columbus 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Capitals lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Tuesday night at Nationwide arena in Columbus. The Capitals record is now 9-4-2. The Capitals return home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:30 PM. 

washington-capitals-columbus-blue-jacketsPhilipp Grubauer got the start between the pipes for the Capitals.

Braden Holtby will get the start tomorrow night when the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sergei Bobrovsky got the start in net for the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky’s career vs. Capitals: 13 games, 4-5-3 record, 3.23 GAA and save percentage of .902.

Nate Schmidt and Brett Connolly were the healthy scratches for the game.

A rather slow and methodical first five minutes to the contest, with one shot on goal combined. The pace of play picked up near the midway point of the first period, as both sides were attempting to roll short shifts through the first half of the opening frame. The methodical play continued for the entire first period, with very little in the way of scoring chances for either side. The cautious period would end, scoreless, with the Capitals leading in shots on goal 6-5. Scoring chances were 3-2 in favor of the Capitals.

The cautious, methodical play continued through the first half of the middle frame, with Columbus maintaining a slight advantage in offensive zone time. Brooks Orpik was called for the game’s first penalty at 6:47 of the second period, giving the league’s leading power play the game’s first man advantage. Niskanen rang a potential short-handed goal off the cross bar, then Beagle was tripped on a break away, nullifying the Jackets man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom would finally break the monotony, and tally the games first goal on a wrister from the left dot at 15:43 of the middle frame.

Lars Eller would be called for hooking with 45 seconds left in the second period, giving the Blue Jackets their second man advantage of the period, but the Caps shut it down. The period ended with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Capitals led in shots on goal, 12-7 for the period, and 18-12 through two periods.

The Capitals fell into more of a defensive posture to begin the third period. The Blue Jackets were outshooting the Capitals 7-2 through the first eight minutes of the final frame. Daniel Winnik was called for tripping at 8:06 of the third period, giving the Blue Jackets their third power play of the game. Once again the Capitals would stifle the league’s best power play, with no damages done. The Blue Jackets would tie the game on a shot from the left dot by Zach Werenski at 13:02 of the final frame.


Nicklas Backstrom would appear to get the lead back for the Capitals with a goal 53 seconds later, but Columbus would challenge the play was off-sides, and they would win the challenge. The Capitals would return to the power play with 5:23 left in the game, but the Capitals would be unable to convert. The third period would end with the game tied 1-1.

The Blue Jackets would win it early in the overtime period. Cam Atkinson would notch the game winner just 37 seconds into the extra frame.


By Jon Sorensen

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