OshBabe in OT! T.J. Oshie Scores Overtime Winner to Lift Capitals Over Blue Jackets, 2-1

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The Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime on Friday night, in their first game following the holiday break. The Capitals are next in action tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes, puck drop is set for 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Washington.

Starting Lineup

First Period:

The Capitals and Blue Jackets headed into the first intermission with neither team able to dent the other’s twine. Capitals rookie netminder Ilya Samsonov made several excellent stops and right wing Tom Wilson delivered a hard, clean hit in the defensive zone to keep the Blue Jackets off the scoreboard. The two teams headed to intermission with Columbus ahead in the shot department, 9-8 and in faceoff percentage, winning 53% of the draws. The Caps held the advantage in hits, 11-10.

Second Period:

The Blue Jackets would be granted the first power play of the contest when Tom Wilson was called for tripping at the 1:41 mark of the second frame. The Caps would kill the penalty off to continue a hot streak for their penalty kill. The Caps would be rewarded with their first man-advantage just moments later after Dean Kukan tripped T.J. Oshie. Despite a late push with the extra man, the Caps were unable to beat Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo. Following the end of the power play, a sudden 2-on-1 against Samsonov put the Jackets on the board 1-0, as Jakob Lilja scored his first NHL goal.

The Caps would get their second power play opportunity with 7:25 left in the middle frame, and would once again be thwarted by Korpisalo and the Jackets, despite some solid looks. With 49 seconds left in the period and the Capitals unable to gain any pressure on the Blue Jackets, Wilson delivered his second monster hit to Lilja, sending the forward into the end boards. After a few moments on the ice, Lilja got to his feet and headed to the bench. Just minutes later, Caps defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler and Columbus captain Nick Foligno dropped the gloves with tensions high. The two teams headed to the dressing room with Columbus on top 1-0, although the Caps led in shots, 21-17.

Third Period:

The Caps would receive their third power play opportunity of the game after defenseman Nick Jensen was tripped in the neutral zone. However, the Blue Jackets would once again stifle the home team’s man-advantage and the Caps failed to convert. Just moments after the power play expired, Carl Hagelin scored his first of the season after a poor breakout by the Blue Jackets and a slick assist from Richard Panik, with Evgeny Kuznetsov picking up the secondary assist on the goal.

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— Washington ☃️ Capitals (@Capitals) December 28, 2019

The Blue Jackets would be put on their second man-advantage of the game with 11:50 left in the final frame as Nicklas Backstrom was sent to the box at the 8:10 mark. However Foligno would be called for tripping with six seconds left on the Columbus power play, giving the Caps their fourth power play upon expiration of the Backstrom penalty. However, the Capitals would fail to convert. The two teams would be unable to solve the other, sending the two division rivals into extra time.

Overtime:

Just over two minutes into the extra frame, Columbus’ Nathan Gerbe was called for hooking against Lars Eller. On the subsequent power play, Backstrom found Oshie, who pounced on the loose puck at the far post to put home his 15th of the season for the overtime winner.

The game ended with the Caps getting the two points and leading the Blue Jackets in shots, 36-28, while converting on one of their five power play opportunities, while Columbus failed to convert on either of theirs.

Ice Shavings

  • Defenseman John Carlson played in his 727th game in a Capitals sweater, passing franchise great Rod Langway for second-most games played by a defenseman in franchise history
  • Through 39 games played, the Caps have not lost a consecutive game in regulation, being the only team in the league to accomplish this.
  • Oshie’s goal marked the fourth OT goal of his career.
  • Ilya Samsonov won his 10th game of the season in his 12th start, moving his record to 10-2-1. His 12th starts are the least number for a rookie goaltender to reach 10 wins in franchise history.

STATS:
– NHL box score HERE
– Natural Stattrick HERE

By Michael Fleetwood

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About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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12 Responses to OshBabe in OT! T.J. Oshie Scores Overtime Winner to Lift Capitals Over Blue Jackets, 2-1

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    More ugly from the Caps, with a flourish at the end. Sammy “stood on his head” First Period, kept Caps in the game despite sleepwalking Caps D giving it up like a [can’t say it on internet]. Brutality later in the game worked in Caps’ favor, added some spark to the otherwise comatose team. Hooray for Hagelin, he’s off the schneid and pulled the Caps’ brazil-nuts out of the fire.

    Nice of birdbrained Gerbe taking dumb CBJ penalty in overtime, and TJOshie grabs two points for Ovechkin & Co. As per the past ten games, Kuzy and Jake are sound asleep on the ice. Kuzy got bumped down to the third line. Not sure why Vrana isn’t benched, he deserves to be. Gosh he has reverted to the old Jake whose brain is still in ninth grade.

    Can’t take the Coach Reirden pre- and post-game interviews where he skillfully and carefully describes why he can’t motivate NHL players.

    • Day One Caps Fan says:

      And the Caps will get mercilessly smoked by PIT if they play like they have the past six games. They play PIT twice in Feb and twice in Mar and Crosby will be back … Come on Caps! Get with the program

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Panik had an assist?!?!? really?

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