Capitals Toss the Jackets 3-2

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The Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Sunday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The win raised the Capitals’ record to 52-18-8 (112 points). The Capitals next travel north of the border to face the Maple Leafs Tuesday night in Toronto. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Sergei Bobrovsky got the start for the Blue Jackets. Taylor Chorney, Nate Schmidt and Paul Carey were the healthy scratches for the Capitals. The starting lines for the Capitals:


  • With the helper on Burakovsky’s goal, Shattenkirk now has 12 assists in 15 games with the Capitals, including 6 in the last 5 games. (Tarik El-Bashir)
  • The Capitals scored three in the middle frame, and took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission break.
  • The Capitals have won six straight games against the Metropolitan Division.
  • Braden Holtby has allowed two goals or fewer in 40 of his 61 games this season and has posted a 32-2-6 record in those games.

The Capitals and Blue Jackets battled to a scoreless tie for the opening frame. The Capitals led in shots on goal 11-8 for the first period. The Blue Jackets received the only power play for the period. The Capitals led in hits 14-13 for the opening frame. The Capitals had the greater number of quality scoring chances for the first period.

The Capitals would notch the games first tally with a goal by TJ Oshie at the 1:12 mark of the middle frame.

John Walton’s call:

Andre Burakovsky would make it 2-0 with a salvo at the 2:56 mark of the second period. This was Burakovsky’s first goal since returning from injury.

John Walton’s call:

Matt Niskanen would make it 3-0 on a break-away goal at the 10:05 mark of the second period.

John Walton’s call:

The period would end with the Capitals leading 3-0. Both sides were credited with 12 shots on goal for the middle frame. The Capitals led in shots on goal 24-20 thru the first two periods of play.

The Jackets would get on the board from a dandy double deke by Jack Johnson at the 9:22 mark of the final frame.

Things got a bit heated following the goal. Alex Ovechkin had enough, and ended up bloodying the nose of a Columbus Blue Jacket.

The Blue Jackets would close the gap to 3-2 on a late goal by Kyle Quincey at 15:33 of the third period.

The Capitals would hold on for the 3-2 win. Take it away, John Walton!

By Jon Sorensen


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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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