October 17, 2019

Washington Capitals Game Recap: Capitals downed in overtime by streaking Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t lost a game in December, thanks in (most) part to goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who has has been among the best in the league after a rough start to the season. He showcased another dominant performance against the Washington Capitals in their home barn, a 3-2 overtime win, their fifth straight.

Bobrovsky faced 41 shots from the Capitals, 18 of while Washington was on the power play. Eric Fehr and Troy Brouwer scored goals in regulation, but a late Jason Chimera penalty in overtime doomed their effort with 19 seconds left in extra time.

Braden Holtby was less busy, only saw 23 shots on goal, and helped his team kill two of three Blue Jackets penalties.

Penalties are the real story here, though. Before the first period was five minutes old, Columbus had given up three penalties, and Washington had 6 power plays over the course of the game. Fehr’s first period tally, a deflection from Matt Niskanen’s blueline cannon, was the only Capitals power play goal of the night, and his first power play goal of the season.

The game was never out of reach for Columbus, despite the shot disparity. Brouwer’s second period goal was answered a mere 1:39 later by Kevin Connaughton’s game-tying shot.

Nicholas Foligno rang Washington’s death knell in overtime, his second of the game. Chimera was called for interference against Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson late in the extra time, a mistake that coach Barry Trotz was openly upset with in his postgame presser.

“Definitely unnecessary,” said Trotz. “We’ll address that tomorrow with that individual.”

 

  • Alex Ovechkin led the team with nine shots on goal and five hits, but no goals. Trotz doesn’t think anyone should be worried about that. “Maybe one of the best goal-scorers in this decade had nine shots. That’s not bad. That’s what you want.”
  • Ovechkin led all forwards in ice time with 24:43, and a whopping PP TOI of 8:34.
  • In addition to his assist, Niskanen led all Caps skaters in ice time with 26:15. That included a hefty 5:47 PP TOI and 2:11 SH TOI.
  • Troy Brouwer and Nicklas Backstrom skated 7:44 apiece on the power play.
  • John Carlson skated 25:07, and joined the “seven-plus minutes on the power play” club with 7:10 PP TOI.
About Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Capitals. She resides in Arlington, VA, and developed a love for the sport of hockey as a youngster while watching her brothers play. Katie works at a nonprofit organization by day but the rest of her time is devoted to watching, writing, and talking about hockey and perfecting her mean one-timer. She is co-host of Girls Just Wanna Have Puck podcast. You can follow Katie on Twitter @katie_brown47.

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