Caps down the Blue Jackets in OT
The Washington Capitals came back home to the Verizon Center and gave the home ice fans a 2-1 win.
The Caps and Jackets failed to turn on the light in the first, skating to a scoreless deadlock. Columbus out shot the a Caps in that period 12-7.
Columbus opened the scoring in the second period with a short handed goal by Brandon Dubinsky to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead. John Carlson tied the game up 7 minutes later with his 4th goal of the season. The Carlson goal came from a sensational pass from a falling Martin Erat. The red hot blue liner scored his fourth goal over his last six games. His marker was assisted by Erat and Mikhail Grabovski. Caps and Jackets took to the locker room at the second intermission tied at 1-1.
Joel Ward put the Caps up at the 8:56 mark of the third period with a short handed goal. Ward found an empty net after a botched pass by Jackets’ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. It was Ward’s 9th goal of the season. Ward has now scored a goal in three consecutive games. From there, Washington fumbled away a lead, as Jared Boll scored the equalizer at the 11:22 mark. Less than three minutes later, Mike Green lost the puck on a bad bounce, which led to the go ahead goal by Cam Atkinson.
Looking bleak late in the third period, Mikhail Grabovski scored the equalizer with 1:49 left in the game, taking a rebound from Bobrovsky and burying right past the Russian netminder. The Grabovsky game tying goal was unassisted. Regulation ended with the Caps and Jackets knotted up at 3-3.
Alexander Ovechkin scored the over time game winner off a Marcus Johansson shot and rebound to lift the Caps to a big 4-3 win. The over time marker was Ovechkin’s 14th goal of the season and pulls him into a three way tie for the NHL lead. You can give a ton of credit there to Johansson for getting that puck to the net, driving in on Bobrovsky.
The Caps win improves their record to 10-8-1 and pulls the Caps to within 1 point of first place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division, with 21 total points.