Capitals Rally Late But Fall To Blue Jackets 2-1 (OT); Braden Holtby Leaves Game With Injury

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 (OT) Saturday night at Capital One Arena in Washington. The loss drops the Capitals record to 27-12-5 (59 points). 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 wasted no time in notching their first tally of the game just one minute into the game, and take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. After a scoreless middle frame, the Capitals would tie the game with about a minute to go with a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov, sending the game to overtime. The Blue Jackets would win it in overtime.

Braden Holtby (17-10-2, 2.86 GAA, .912 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Joonas Korpisalo (7-2-2, 3.26 GAA, .891 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Blue Jackets. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:



Scratches: Andre Burakovsky, Dmitrij Jaskin and Madison Bowey.

The Blue Jackets wasted no time in denting the scoreboard. Cam Atkinson would get free in the Capitals’ zone for a 1-0 lead just 1:00 into the contest.

The first period would end with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0. The Blue Jackets out-attempted the Capitals 15-13, but the Capitals led 11-7 in shots on goal (SOG). Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play.

Braden Holtby would get clipped by a stick by Cam Atkinson early in the middle frame and would leave the game. He was replaced by Pheonix Copley.

The second period would conclude with the Blue Jackets hanging on to the 1-0 lead. The Capitals out-attempted the Blue Jackets 20-14 and led in SOG 9-6 for the middle frame.

The Capitals would tie the game late in the final frame with a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov at 18:54. John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin were credited with the helpers.

The Capitals would fall in overtime.


  • The NHL box score is here.


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7 Responses to Capitals Rally Late But Fall To Blue Jackets 2-1 (OT); Braden Holtby Leaves Game With Injury

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  2. Diane Doyle says:

    I agree that it was a very sleepy game. Columbus scored and since the Caps couldn’t get anything, I feared that it would play out like all too many Carolina Hurricanes games since about 2015. During 2015-16, the Canes would give up an early goal. Get lots of shots on goal but still lose 1-0. One time, it was by a goalie who had just come up with San Jose and made over 40 gaves.

    But then Kuzy scored and team got the Bettman point. Meanwhile, is it my imagination but if Backstrom gets a penalty in OT, it almost always is fatal for the Caps. (I recall some other people going to the box on other occasions in OT and Caps would kill them off.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Weird game. Goal in first minute. 58 minutes of nothing, then another goal.

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