Blue Jackets Bounce Capitals, 2-1

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The Washington Capitals fell the Columbus Blue Jackets by a final score of 2-1 at Capital One Arena on Friday night. With the loss, Capitals fell to 2-2-0 on their five-game homestand. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 34 saves in the loss. 

Capitals Lines vs. Blue Jackets

Defenseman John Carlson missed the game with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler stepped in for Carlson and made his NHL debut on Friday night against Columbus. Forward Jakub Vrana got bumped up to the third line in favor of Andre Burakovsky. The Capitals switched up their defensive pairs with Carlson out of the lineup.

First Period

Oliver Bjorkstrand received a freed from Nick Foligno on the power play and zipped it past Holtby’s glove from the right circle​. The Capitals had three guys covering Foligno and he made them pay setting up Bjorkstrand at 17:16 of the first.

Despite trailing 1-0 after 20, the Capitals controlled most of the play in the first frame, leading 15-9 in shots and 5-2 in giveaways.

The Blue Jackets led 8-3 in blocked shots and 12-3 in hits. Columbus had two giveaways while Washington had six. The Blue Jackets won 52% of the faceoffs. Each team had one power play in the first but Columbus was able to convert on theirs, unlike the Capitals.

Second Period

Replacing Carlson on the power play, Matt Niskanen tied it at one after getting a pass from Nicklas Backstrom on the power play. Niskanen went glove side on Sergei Bobrovsky for his third goal of the season at 7:53.

The Capitals led 10-8 in blocked shots and 9-6 in takeaways through 40 minutes of play. They also won 54% of the draws.

The Blue Jackets led 16-9 in second-period shots and 20-10 in hits. Columbus had only two giveaways while Washington had 10 after the second period.

Each team had 25 shots and scored a power-play goal on two opportunities through two.

Third Period

Anthony Duclair scored from a sharp angle 5:09 into the period after getting Artemi Panarin’s shot along the back boards to give Columbus the 2-1 lead.

The Capitals swarmed the Blue Jackets zone for most of the final three minutes and forward Jakub Vrana drew a penalty with 42.9 seconds left but were unable to convert.

The Capitals led 14-9 in takeaways. They also won 53% of the draws. Washington went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

The Blue Jackets led 11-9 in third-period shots, 36-34 in shots, 17-13 in blocked shots, and 24-18 in hits. Columbus had only eight giveaways while Washington had 13. They went 2-for-3 on the power play.

The Capitals conclude their homestand against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday evening. Puck drop from Capital One Arena can be found on NBC Sports Washington at 5 PM.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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9 Responses to Blue Jackets Bounce Capitals, 2-1

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  2. Diane Doyle says:

    When we now are finally getting good goaltending, the offense fails to show up. And given that the Caps’ PK is so bad that you can count on the opposition getting at least 2 goals per game, it’s unacceptable. The 35% Caps PP percentage is, unfortunately, not good enough. Even though it’s a crazy good PP percentage.

  3. J says:

    1 game in and Carlsons value and importance already shows. Too many turnovers by the young D, too often stuck in the zone& while the score was 2-1 you might not say they gave up a glaring mistake its vs Cbus not a potent team. A bigger issue was the offense too from the back end. Who stood out driving the offense from the back end? Nobody without Carlson. Who scares you at the point on pp? All due respect to Nisky.. nobody. If Carlson played no doubt in my mind caps win and score 3-4 goals. You just cant lose too many top players and expect to keep on rollin’. Its 1 thing to lose a guy for a period but otherguys out this game including 2 key defenders your stud Norris caliber D Carlson& Bruising Vet Orpik. Carlson better play sunday, thats a key game to get a Win before another westcoast road trip

  4. James Lewis says:

    Some changes are coming. My guess: Bura will be leaving and a #4 or #5 defenseman will be arriving.

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