Bobrovsky, who made his 19th consecutive start for Columbus despite a case of the flu, stopped nine of 10 shots in the opening period.
Backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney started the second period for the Blue Jackets. Earlier in the day, Columbus recalled goalie Mike McKenna from Springfield of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis because Bobrovsky had flu-like symptoms. McKenna did not dress.
The Blue Jackets led 2-1 when Bobrovsky led and won the game 4-2.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh