The Washington Capitals had a hard fight against the Blue Jackets. The game was chock full of penalties and power play goals on both sides. The game was physical with 28 hits by Columbus to the Caps’ 9.
Shout out to The Caps Road Crew!
First Period: The Powerplay Goals (3)
The game started with Nicklas Backstrom winning the opening draw. At 18:36 Dmitry Orlov is sent to the box and the Blue Jackets score at 18:28 with the win of the draw. First CBJ shot—first goal.
Caps would go on the power play after T.J. Oshie was tripped up. 12:48 Oshie strikes back just eight seconds into the power play—his fifth PP goal of the season. Assisted by Marcus Johansson 1-1
Brandon Saad answered back at 12:04 as a loose puck sneaks in around Holtby. 2-1 CBJ
Rene Bourque penalty called for holding Brooks Laich. Good chances led to Jason Chimera scoring his 11th goal—a PP goal assisted by Backstrom and Matt Niskanen. Tied again.
Caps on another PP with Ryan Johansen called for interference against Tom Wilson. (No—Tom DID NOT go to the box with him!!) No goal this time.
Ovechkin’s attempts were all misses this period. Blue Jackets outshot, out hit, and won more faceoffs than the Caps.
Second Period: In Which Trotz Wins His 1st Coaches Challenge
Caps went on the power play when David Clarkson was called for high-sticking Wilson. At 17:15 a short-handed goal was initially awarded to William Karlsson who shot one past Holtby. Trotz challenged, believing the Jackets were offside and the play was overturned!!! FINALLY Trotz wins a challenge!
MoJo found his way from the center and scored his 9th goal of the season at 3:53. Wilson got his 12th point on the assist. 3-2 Caps
Trainer Greg Smith came out after Holtby’s mask was flipped off by a stick jabbed just under his lid by Nick Foligno. No penalty called, of course. Coach took exception to the lack of a call. Holtby had his own little chat with the ref as he left the ice heading into the second intermission.
Third Period—Caps let it go..
Oshie shot the puck over the glass leading to a delay of game. At 15:13 Jack Johnson evened the score with a slapshot. And…14:22 the Caps returned the favor as Evgeny Kuznetsov backhands it behind McElhinney for his 12th goal of the season. Wilson (11th) and Karl Alzner (9th) with the assists. 4-3 Caps
The Jackets (Scott Hartnell) were called for unsportsmanlike conduct for putting a puck in the net after the whistle was blown. Tortorella just sunk his head into his hands…
Four shots and a miss by Ovi failed to bring a goal out of the PP.
At 1:08 Saad ties it all up with a backhanded shot and the game goes to overtime. 4-4
Goalie Curtis McElhinney slipped and fell on himself and looked to snap his knee. Anton Forsberg came in as the goalie was escorted off the bench by his trainers.
Columbus was called at 2:56 for slashing and the Caps would go four on three in the power play but couldn’t get through Forsberg.
29 seconds left and Kuzy hooks Saad and CBJ would go on a very short four on three. Holtby held them back and it is on to the…
Atkinson no go
TJ goes wide and its in
Dubinsky – slips past Holtby
Kuzy – fakes and doesn’t go in
Johansen – forehand stop and in it goes
Backstrom – unable to answer and the game to Columbus
The entire team stepped it up in the third period, but it was obvious they were becoming exhausted. Chimera had five shots in regulation, the most for the team. Tom Wilson had a great night with two assists and no time in the sin bin. The ice appeared chunky with only a minor scrap after the third period. The team closed ranks to protect Holtby after the uncalled stick to the face. Unfortunately, the Caps couldn’t keep the leave and turn the game over to Columbus for the win. 5-4
Braden Holtby, with 125 career games won is four games away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.
The Caps have a scheduled day off on Sunday.
Practice is scheduled for 10:30 Monday at Kettler Capitals IcePlex.
Tue Jan 5, 2016 Capitals Bruins, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS
Thu Jan 7, 2016 Capitals Islanders, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS, SN360
Sat Jan 9, 2016 Capitals Rangers, 1:00 PM CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP