Capitals Beat Blue Jackets, 4-3 (OT), In Preseason Finale

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The Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3 (OT), at Capital One Arena on Saturday to finish the preseason 4-1-1. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper played the whole game, making 36 saves.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Blue Jackets

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Connor Brown
Aliaksei Protas — Dylan Strome — Anthony Mantha
Marcus Johansson — Connor McMichael — Conor Sheary
Joe Snively — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson
Lucas Johansen — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Injured: RW T.J. Oshie (upper-body, day-to-day), D Dmitry Orlov (lower-body, day-to-day), C Lars Eller (illness, day-to-day)

First Period

Scoring

1-0 WSH, 9:56: Fehervary wristed a shot from out high and Mantha deflected it in front from the slot below the blocker of Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins.

1-1, 10:37: Right-wing Patrik Laine shifted forward in the slot after getting a stretch pass from the defensive zone by center Boone Jenner and ripped one under the blocker of Kuemper.

2-1 CBJ, 14:58 (PPG): Right-wing Yegor Chinakov ripped a shot under the stick of Fehervary in front of him and past the blocker of Kuemper from the right circle.

2-2, 19:47 (PPG): Ovechkin blasted a slap shot through the arm of Merzlikins from above the left dot after Carlson slowed down Kuznetsov’s cross-ice feed in the slot.

Shots: 15-10 CBJ

Other notable stats: The Blue Jackets (one opportunity) and Capitals (two) each scored on the power-play. Columbus also won 67% of the faceoffs.

Second Period

Scoring

3-2 CBJ, 3:25: Center Sean Kuraly went up the gut after getting a pass from mid-ice before Carlson deflected his wrist shot past the glove of Kuemper.

3-3, 8:34: Dowd wristed one through the wickets of Merzlikins from the right dot after picking up a pass from Hathaway below the blueline and walking into the slot.

Shots: 26-19 CBJ (each team had 11 in the second)

Other notable stats: The Capitals went one-for-three while the Blue Jackets went one-for-four on the power-play while each team had seven giveaways. The Blue Jackets led 19-9 in hits and 12-11 in blocked shots through 40.

Third Period

Scoring

N/A

Shots: 39-31 CBJ (including 13-12 in third)

Other notable stats: Each team scored once on four power plays while the Capitals led 20-19 in blocked shots. The Blue Jackets led 22-13 in hits.

Overtime

Scoring

39 seconds, 4-3 WSH: Strome finished a cross-ice saucer pass on a two-on-one with Brown from the goal-crease blocker-side on Merzlikins.

Shots: 39-32 CBJ (1-0 WSH in overtime)

Next game: Wednesday vs. Boston Bruins (7 PM ET, TNT)

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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