Capitals Shed Jackets, 2-1; Charlie Lindgren Strong In Goal, Tom Wilson And Sonny Milano Score

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The Washington Capitals downed the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-1 Saturday night at Capital One Arena. Charlie Lindgren stopped 34 of 35 shots faced and Tom Wilson and Sonny Milano recorded tallies in the victory. The win improves the Capitals record to 5-4-1 on the season.


Charlie Lindgren (0-1-0, 4.00 GAA, .868 sv%) got the start in goal for the Capitals. Elvis Merzlikins (3-2-2, 2.97 GAA, .902 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Blue Jackets. The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs:

Alex Ovechkin – Dylan Strome – Tom Wilson
Sonny Milano – Evgeny Kuznetsov – T.J. Oshie
Aliaksei Protas – Connor McMichael – Anthony Mantha
Beck Malenstyn – Hendrix Lapierre – Matthew Phillips

Martin Fehervary – John Carlson
Rasmus Sandin – Trevor van Riemsdyk
Alex Alexeyev – Nick Jensen

Charlie Lindgren
Darcy Kuemper

Scratches: Defensemen Hardy Häman Aktell and Lucas Johansen

Injuries: Center Nic Dowd, defenseman Joel Edmundson (hand; long-term injured reserve), and forward Max Pacioretty (Achilles; long-term injured reserve)


The Capitals opened the scoring in the first period on a wrist shot from the slot by Tom Wilson (3) at 12:21. Nick Jensen (2) and Rasmus Sandin (1) had the helpers.

The Capitals held the 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. The Blue Jackets dominated five-on-five shot attempts, 23-9 and xGF, 1.11 to .37.


The Blue Jackets quickly closed the gap to 2-1 early in the middle frame. Dmitri Voronkov notched the Blue Jackets first marker at 1:38 of the second period, assisted by Kirill Marcenko (4) and David Jiricek (2).

And that was it for the middle frame. Capitals flipped the script on possession and 5v5 shot attempts in the middle frame, out-attempting #CBJ  28-11 and xGF 2.39 to .70.


The Capitals and Blue Jackets skated to a scoreless draw in the final frame.


  • Sonny Milano scored his second goal of the season to extend the Capitals’ lead to 2-0. Milano, who was drafted by Columbus in the first round (16th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, has recorded three points (2g, 1a) in seven career games against the Blue Jackets.
  • The Capitals recorded a season-high 25 blocked shots against the Blue Jackets. John Carlson and T.J. Oshie led Washington with four blocked shots.
  • The Capitals have killed off 12-straight opposing power-play opportunities over their last five games.
  • Charlie Lindgren stopped 34 of 35 shots faced against Columbus to earn his first win of the season. In two games this season, Lindgren has a record of 1-1-0 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
  • With a 2-1 victory tonight against Columbus, the Capitals earned their 1,000th home win in franchise history. The Capitals are the 15th team in NHL history to win 1,000 home games and the first franchise to do so that entered the NHL in 1974 or later.
  • Aliaksei Protas played in his 100th NHL game.

Capitals Postgame Audio

Forward Tom Wilson

Forward Sonny Milano

Defenseman John Carlson

Goaltender Charlie Lindgren

Head coach Spencer Carbery

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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16 Responses to Capitals Shed Jackets, 2-1; Charlie Lindgren Strong In Goal, Tom Wilson And Sonny Milano Score

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tip of the cap to Lindgren. Man was a brick wall in net.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lindgren is hot or miss. Tonight he was on.

  3. Dave says:

    Nice to get the win but may be a costly one. Any sense on how badly TVR is hurt? And Sandin didn’t look good at the end either. I’m concerned that may be a wrist or forearm injury.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      No word. Team is,off,tomorrow so we may not,hear,until Monday (next practice)

      • Diane Doyle says:

        My guess is that TVR misses the next game. IIRC, Alexeyev can play defense on both sides so he’d probably play on his off side and either Lujo or Aktell draws in. Let’s hope both TVR and Sandin aren’t both out Tuesday.

  4. Jon Sorensen says:

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lindgren is a better tender than Kuemper.

    • Diane Doyle says:

      There are times I wonder if Lindgren is like Georgiev of the Avalanche, a guy who needs to be #1 to be effective and does not thrive on the sporadic work of a backup. Georgiev was not good in his last year with the Rangers (2021-22) as their backup but when he’d be the “regular” during periods of absence of Sheshterkin, he’d do well. Now doing well as the Avs main goalie.

  6. DWGie26 says:

    I’ll take the two points. We need points however ugly we can get them.

    We may have to make some roster moves with TVR and/or Sandin out. We also have Phillips and Lapierre playing less than 10 minutes. First step is to put Backstrom on LTIR. Hopefully we see that happen tomorrow and perhaps move some players back and forth.

    My choice would be to send Lapierre back down and play in a growth role. Bring up Sutter and NAK and pair them with Malenstyn as a 4th line. Put Protas on third line with CMM and Martha. Phillips to 13.

  7. Prevent Defense says:

    Former Cap Brett Leason was on the ice for two of ANA four goals last night (Plus-2). ANA defeated VGK 4-2, first team to defeat VGK in regulation this season. Caps are dead-center in NHL standings with Eleven points. Six teams with 5-4 records (Caps are one, so is TOR). FLA is next opponent and has identical record as Caps 5-4-1. It’s FLA, NJD, NYI and VGK upcoming schedule.

  8. novafyre says:

    Caps are 28th in faceoff wins, 31st in powerplays, 14th in penalty kills. They are 31st in goals per game and 14th in goals against. They are averaging 29.6 shots per game (22nd).

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