Blue Jackets @ Capitals – Inside The Numbers: Late Rally Falls Short

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After 59 minutes of scoreless action for the Capitals, Evgeny Kuznetsov would finally dent the twine with 1:06 remaining in regulation, tying the game and sending it to overtime. Artemi Panarin would win the game on a 4-on-3 power play, 2-1. The Capitals return to action Monday when they host the St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM ET. 


The Blue Jackets would strike 60 seconds into the game and hold for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. And that would be all of the scoring until Evgeny Kuznetsov would tie it with about a minute left in regulation. Artemi Panarin would win it for the Blue Jackets in overtime on the 4-on-3 power play.

The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs remained the same as previous games. It would appear this lineup is Todd Reirden’s preferred lineup, with the exception of Christian Djoos. It looks like Madison Bowey, who has been scratched for the last five games, is now the 8th defenseman on the depth chart.



Scratches: Andre Burakovsky, Madison Bowey and Dmitrij Jaskin.

The Blue Jackets out-attempted the Capitals 11-7 but the Capitals led 11-7 in shots on goal (SOG) for the opening frame. The Capitals would out-attempt the Blue Jackets 20-14 and led 9-6 in SOG in the middle frame. The Capitals out-attempted the Blue Jackets 19-15 and led 12-8 in in the final frame. The Capitals would out-attempt the Jackets 52-44 for the game.



Braden Holtby played 28:43 before taking a stick to the eye area, and would have to leave the game. Holtby stopped 10 of 11 for a .909 game save percentage. Pheonix Copley would stop 10 of 11 for a .909 game save percentage as well, in 34:21 of ice time. Korpisalo was excellent, stopping 31 of 32 shots for a .970 save percentage.

Capitals on the power play – The Capitals entered the game with the leagues 13th-ranked power play, while the Blue Jackets were ranked 13th on the penalty kill. For the game, the Capitals went 0 for 2 on the power play.

Blue Jackets on power play – The Blue Jackets entered the game ranked 29th in the league on the power play at 14.2%, while the Capitals entered the game with the leagues 24th ranked penalty kill. The Blue Jackets would go 1 for 3 on the power play.

The Capitals entered the game ranked dead-last in the league in faceoff winning percentage at 46.2%. Columbus entered the game ranked 21st in the league, with a winning percentage of 48.8%.

After getting smoked at the dot for the past weeks, the Capitals were much better Saturday night against the Blue Jackets, winning 53-47%. Brett Connolly was 0 for 1, Chandler Stephenson was 0 for 1, Nicklas Backstrom was 13 for 24, Lars Eller was 10 of 18, Nic Dowd was 2 for 5, Travis Boyd was 2 for 2, T.J. Oshie was 2 for 3 and Evgeny Kuznetsov was 11 for 22.


  • Kuznetsov’s game tying goal marked the second time this season the Caps have scored with their goaltender pulled.
  • Alex Ovechkin missed significant time in the first period due to a cut on his hand.

Game Stats

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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