Capitals Beat Jackets 2-1 (SO)

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The Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 (SO) Thursday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 48-17-8 (104 points). The Capitals next host the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. 

Braden Holtby started in net for the Capitals. Sergei Bobrovsky got the start in goal for the Blue Jackets.

Nate Schmidt and Taylor Chorney were once again the healthy scratches.

Caps had a 2 point lead over Columbus in the Metropolitan Division, coming into the game.

Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 354th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.


  • For the fifth time this season, the Capitals were in a scoreless tie after 40 minutes of play. All five occurrences were at Verizon Center . (Mike Vogel)
  • The Caps had 31 shots on goal through two periods of play, but were unable to register a tally.
  • Braden Holtby stopped 29 of 30 shots, including all three shots he faced in the shootout, to earn his 38th win of the season.
  • The Caps had 58 shot attempts through two periods of play.
  • Capitals match franchise record with 30th win of the season (1986-86 and 2009-10).
  • Game summary here: Event summary here: Face-off summary here: TOI report here:

The game had a rather choppy start, with 16 stoppages of play through the first 12 minutes of the game. Action picked up in the second half of the period, but alas, the first period go scoreless. The Capitals outshot the Blue Jackets 15-11 for the first frame. The Caps had 29 shot attempts to the Blue Jackets 16 shot attempts.

The second period continued much of the same from the first period. The period would go scoreless. The Capitals outshot the Blue Jackets 16-6 for the second period, and led in shots on goal for the game, 31-17. The Caps had 58 shot attempts through two periods of play.

The Blue Jackets would come out with three good scoring opportunities to start the final period, and would notch the games first tally 41 seconds into the final frame with a goal by Seth Jones.

Dmitry Orlov would tie the game with a wicked slapshot at the 6:39 mark of the final frame.

John Walton’s call:

The third period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Capitals outshot the Blue Jackets 11-10 for the period, and 42-27 thru three periods of play.

The overtime period would go scoreless as well. Both side had three shots on goal for the extra frame.

The Capitals would win it in the shootout. Oshie would be the only Caps to score. Holtby stopped all three attempts by Columbus.

John Walton’s call:

By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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