Columbus Drops Washington 5-2, Ends Capitals’ Winning Streak At Six Games

The Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Washington Capitals 5-2 Monday night at Capital One Arena. The loss ends the Capitals latest winning streak at six games and drops their record to 22-5-5 (49 points) for the season.

The Blue Jackets dominated the first frame but would only pot a single tally due to the strong play of Braden Holtby. The Jackets would stretch their lead to 2-0 early in the middle frame for a 2-0 lead at the second intermission. Alex Ovechkin would make it 2-1 just 40 seconds into the final frame, but the Jackets would get it back six minutes later to make it 3-1. The Jackets would make it 4-1 midway through the third period. Nicklas Backstrom would make it 4-2 with a 6-on-5 goal late, but the Jackets would answer with an empty net goal to make it 5-2, and that would be the final.


Braden Holtby (15-2-0-4, 2.78 GAA, .910 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Joonas Korpisalo (11-10-0-1, 2.85 GAA, .900 sv%) got the start in goal for the Blue Jackets. The Capitals starting forward lines and defensive pairs:

Scratches: Travis Boyd

The Jackets jumped out the starting gates, registering several early scoring chances. They would ultimately dent twine at 3:27 with a goal from Cam Atkinson.

Columbus led in shots on goal 4-0 after the first seven minutes of play.

The Blue Jackets continued to dominate the entire first frame. Columbus out-attempted Washington 29-12, and led in shots on goal 20-6. Fortunately for the Capitals, Braden Holtby was in top form. The first period concluded with the Jackets leading 1-0.

The Blue Jackets would continue to dominate to start the middle frame. They would extend their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Ryan Murray at 6:52 of the second period.

And that would be all of the scoring for the middle frame.

The Capitals led in shot attempts 19-8 and led in shots on goal 15-6 for the period. The Blue Jackets led in shot attempts 37-31 and shots on goal 26-21 after two periods. Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.

The Capitals would get on the board just 40 seconds into the final frame with a goal from Alex Ovechkin, making it 2-1. Dmitry Orlov (11) and Nicklas Backstrom (15) had the helpers.

But the Blue Jackets would restore their two goal lead with a goal Riley Nash at 6:53 of the third period.

The Blue Jackets would make it 4-1 with a goal from Oliver Bjorkstrand at 10:37 of the final period.

Nicklas Backstrom would pot the Capitals second tally with a 6-on-5 goal at

That Jackets would add an empty net goal for the 5-2 win.

The Capitals are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.


  • The NHL box score
  • The Capitals won the battle at the dot 57-43%.
  • The Blue Jackets were 0 for 5 and the Capitals 0 for 3 on the power play.
  • Alex Ovechkin cut the Blue Jackets lead to 2-1 with his 21st goal of the season. He’s now six goals shy of passing Teemu Selanne (684) for the 11th most goals in NHL history.
  • Nicklas Backstrom scores his fifth goal of the season and is seven points shy of 900 career points (236g, 657a). Tonight also marks Backstrom’s 238th career multi-point game.


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Such a perfect couple of days! This makes me think back to the day I first met @walks_12. It was right after the last practice and before @capitals road trip to Pittsburgh for game 6 of #stanleycup #playoffs against Penguins. Wearing number 79, Nathan took a few minutes to sign autographs. When I proudly said “yesterday, in ‘small area games’ I scored first hat trick + 1,” Nathan chuckled “Nice! I wish I had a hat trick!” 😂😂😂 everyone there had a nice laugh about it. He did something much nicer, though. Caps left the practice, went to Pittsburg, and Walker went on to get his first playoff assist, helping Caps secure the win against Pittsburgh!!! Nathan, thank you for being such a #great guy, for being a great #inspiration! I’m sure you were tired after the practice, but you took a few minutes to talk to me, and it meant so much! That’s why when I could finally pick any number for my #jersey, I chose 79, in honor of my favorite player! Even though I still want to be a #goalie, I’m working on my game, and last weekend I scored my very first official game hattrick!! #hattrick @walks__12 #hockeylife @capitals #workinghard #nhl #futurecapitalsplayer #rockthered #letsgocaps🏒🏒🏒 #squirthockey #79 #thankful #hockeykid

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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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13 Responses to Columbus Drops Washington 5-2, Ends Capitals’ Winning Streak At Six Games

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Absolutely dreadful against CBJ. Hope the Caps don’t give us too many more STINKERS like that one. No redeeming factors from this game.

    On to the next one. [But I’m ready for Travis Boyd to “draw back into the lineup” and I can think of 3 or 4 healthy scratches to take his place in the press box]

    • Day One Caps Fan says:

      … and give Holtby a “mental health day” on WED vs BOS, Let’s have Ilya S. and see if he wants it a little more

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed. I chalk up last night’s loss to 3 things: 1. Coming off of a long road trip, 2. Wearing the alternate ‘throw back’ uniforms (most often not lucky for us), and 3. Most especially, the team just seems to do much better when Boyd is in the lineup. He had been doing so well personally, too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t believe in “trap games”, but it sure seams like there is something to it. Coming off a long road trip, first game back, big game later in the week, and…………whif.

  3. Diane Doyle says:

    It seemed like a trap. The only good thing about the game was getting my Backstrom elf bobblehead prior to it.

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