Capitals Fall to Jets 4-3 (OT), Andre Burakovsky Gets “Off the Schneid”

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 (OT) Tuesday night in Winnipeg. The Jets would strike first but Nicklas Backstrom would tie the game in the waning seconds of the first period. Andre Burakovsky would give the Caps a 2-1 lead by the second intermission, scoring his first goal since January 31st. The Caps would stretch the lead to 3-1 with a goal from John Carlson early in the third period, but the Jets would get it right back, making it 3-2 with less than nine minutes remaining. The Jets would get the game-tying tally with 14.4 seconds left in regulation and would win it in overtime. The Capitals return to action Thursday night when they visit the Wild in Minnesota. Puck drop is 8:00 PM. 

Braden Holtby (28-10-3, 2.79 GAA, .914 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Connor Hellebuyck (28-8-8, 2.35 GAA, .923 sv%) got the start for the Winnipeg Jets. The starting forward lines a defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Defensive Pairs:

Scratches: Jakub Vana and Taylor Chorney were healthy scratches.

The Jets would notch the game’s first tally with a goal from Mark Scheifle at 14:41 of the opening frame. The goal was setup by a beautiful deke and dish from Dustin Byfuglien. Andre Burakovsky was the initial victim on the play.

Nicklas Backstrom would tie the game in the waning seconds of the first period at 19:37.

The first period would end with the gamed tied 1-1. Shots on goal were also tied at 13-13 for the first 20 minutes.

The Capitals would take their first lead of the night with a goal from Andre Burakovsky at 11:22 of the middle frame. This was Burakovsky’s first goal since January 31st.

The period would conclude with the Caps hanging onto a 2-1 lead. Winnipeg led in shots on goal 13-9 for the middle frame, and led 26-22 after 40 minutes of play.

The Capitals would stretch their lead to 3-1 with a goal from John Carlson at 7:01 of the final frame, his 10th of the season. Carlson’s goal was setup with a beautiful backhand feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov.

The Jets would climb back to within one with a goal by Bryan Little at 11:30 of the final frame, and would tie the game with 14.4 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime.

The Jets would win it in the extra frame.


  • Evgeny Kuznetsov now has a point and an assist in eight-straight games, both team highs this season.
  • Braden Holtby played his 20,000th minute in a Capitals sweater. Holtby is the second goaltender in franchise history to reach the mark (Olaf Kolzig: 41,260 minutes).
  • NHL box score is here.

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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15 Responses to Capitals Fall to Jets 4-3 (OT), Andre Burakovsky Gets “Off the Schneid”

  1. Sarah Bennett says:

    Stupid loss!

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. I think it’s premature to say with any certainty that Andre got “off the schneid”–at least in any meaningful sense. Until he begins scoring in bunches the way his talent suggests he can I think it’s more a matter of wait-and-see.

    It’s like watching a hitter get a single after going oh-for-22 and reading the following day that he’d finally broken his slump…But if he goes 3 for his next 26 (which often happens) you can’t very well say that he’d broken his slump, can you? In hindsight, all he’d done was interrupt his cold spell…briefly…

    As ever, with Burakovsky and Vrana, and (fill-in-the-blank), time will tell…

    It always does…

    Sta. Monica

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  4. I’d really like to know how Holtby getting hit in the face isn’t goaltender interference and the Jets’ last goal not called back.

    Secondly, Beagle going out late in the 3rd really hurt us in OT considering he’s our best faceoff guy and IIRC we lost all our OT faceoffs (or close to it).

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Should have scored in that open net… Caps are competitive with Jets, Knights…. They will have as good a chance as any in the playoffs./

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