BLUE JACKETS 3 | CAPITALS 2
Nick Foligno Post Game
Kevin Connauton Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Foligno's Overtime Winner
Kevin Connauton Goal
ANALYSIS: The Blue Jackets managed to stay in a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes, in large part due to the play of their goaltender. Sergei Bobrovsky is up to 27 saves through two periods, and the majority of his work has come with the Blue Jackets down a man. After a 5-on-3 in the first period, the Capitals were given a four-minute power play after James Wisniewski was called for slashing and roughing midway through the second period. They managed to kill it off with Bobrovsky making seven saves along the way, including a couple of huge stops on Ovechkin and Eric Fehr right on the door step. The road map to success is fairly simple for the Blue Jackets, and it begins with keeping this game 5-on-5 in the third period and getting their forecheck back on the rails.
ANALYSIS: It was all Washington early on and the trouble started for Columbus much like it during the last visit to Verizon Center. The Blue Jackets took three minor penalties in the first five minutes of the game, and 1:06 of that was spent killing a two-man advantage. The Blue Jackets got the 5-on-3 killed off but Eric Fehr deflected a John Carlson shot into the net late in the 5-on-4 to give Washington the lead. The Capitals were out-shooting the Blue Jackets 12-1 midway through the first period but Columbus rebounded, getting a late period goal from Nick Foligno to level it up headed into the break. Shots are 13-6 favoring the Capitals.
Nick Foligno Goal
Jordan Leopold Pregame
Brian Gibbons Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (11:30 AM): The Blue Jackets will not make any lineup changes tonight. Same lineup that produced a 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
UPDATE (11:25 AM): Our own Jeff Rimer reports from the Verizon Center, and he's got some good news. Fedor Tyutin is on the ice with the team and he's getting close to a return.
UPDATE (11:20 AM): Mike Green will return to the Capitals' lineup tonight, according to Washington media reports. He had missed the past seven games with an upper-body injury. Braden Holtby will start in goal for the Capitals.
Oh hello there, friends!
What a busy and exciting week we've had so far. After a clean sweep of south Florida, the Blue Jackets returned home Tuesday night and took care of the Philadelphia Flyers with a dramatic 3-2 win in overtime. You've seen the highlight over and over by now, but a terrific finish from defenseman Kevin Connauton (his first goal as a Blue Jacket) sealed the extra point for the good guys.
The fun wasn't just on the ice Tuesday, either; the Blue Jackets announced plans for the All-Star Winter Park pres. by Worthington Industries, which will occupy McFerson Commons adjacent to Nationwide Arena during the 2015 All-Star celebration in Columbus. A snow slide? You bet. Outdoor public skating all week long? Count on it. We seriously cannot wait.
Switching back to the on-ice product, the Blue Jackets want to continue to climb the ladder and extend this current four-game winning streak. They face another team ahead of them in the standings tonight, and entering the day, Columbus sits eight points back of the Capitals in the Metropolitan Division.
Clearly, there's plenty of work to be done but the Blue Jackets seem to be finding their game and the return of Brandon Dubinsky on Tuesday night was a big boost. His impact was felt right away, assisting on Boone Jenner's first period power play goal.
Here are some notable items to get this game day going...
- Cody Goloubef is on the verge of returning to the Blue Jackets' lineup. He was activated off injured reserve on Wednesday and assigned to Springfield for a conditioning assignment, arriving in time to play in the Falcons' 2-0 loss to the Syracuse Crunch - a loss that ended Springfield's 11-game winning streak.
- Kerby Rychel was assigned to the Falcons Wednesday morning, and he too was back in time to play in that game. Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards liked Rychel's game in his four outings with the big club, but a numbers game had him on the outside looking in, especially after Dubinsky returned to make his season debut.
- Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to get the start tonight at Verizon Center.