BLUE JACKETS 4 | CAPITALS 5
Kevin Connauton Post Game
Michael Chaput Post Game
Nick Foligno Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Foligno's Second Goal
Michael Chaput Goal
ANALYSIS: What a difference one period makes, huh? The Blue Jackets awoke in the second period and they did so thunderously. Two power play goals for their red-hot power play (which has now scored in five of the last six games) have this game tied 2-2 through two periods, and the Jackets had their share of chances to forge ahead with 15 shots in the middle frame. Jack Johnson got Columbus on the board, backhanding a centering pass from Nick Foligno through the legs of Braden Holtby at 8:48, and then it was Foligno himself cashing in a rebound, as Kevin Connauton sent a wrister through traffic that was cleaned up at the back post. Foligno's team-leading 15th of the season has us set up for a great third period, and especially so after three fights in the period highlighted by a hands-down Dalton Prout decision over Tom Wilson. Shots are 24-20 Washington through two.
Jack Johnson Goal
Nick Foligno Goal
Second Period Highlights
ANALYSIS: It goes without saying that the first period was not ideal for the Blue Jackets. They came out flat, Washington came out flying and playing with purpose, and the end result was just about as you'd expect. The Capitals dominated the opening period, putting 15 shots on Sergei Bobrovsky and netting a pair of goals - one early and one late. Joel Ward snapped one past Bobrovsky at 9:51, a rocket that beat him stick side and late in the period, the Jackets iced the puck and lost the ensuing defensive zone face-off. Jason Chimera's third goal of the year made it 2-0 with 37.9 left in the first. Shots are 15-4 Capitals.
First Period Highlights
Jack Skille Pregame
James Wisniewski Pregame
Dalton Prout Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (10:40 AM): The Blue Jackets will go with the same lineup tonight. No changes from the group that won 1-0 in Detroit on Tuesday.
UPDATE (10:30 AM): Sergei Bobrovsky is the confirmed starter in goal tonight for Columbus.
UPDATE (10:05 AM): Here are the lines and pairings from this morning's skate...
- Jordan Leopold rotated into line rushes with Johnson and Savard, and he appears the likely candidate to be out of the lineup tonight. Leopold did not play on Tuesday in Detroit.
It's good to be home, Blue Jackets fans! Big one tonight at Nationwide Arena.
After the Jackets pushed their season-high winning streak to seven games with a thrilling 1-0 shoot-out win over the Red Wings, the boys are back in Columbus for a five game homestand. It all kicks off when the Jackets host the Washington Capitals tonight, with the Capitals coming off a pretty eventful evening of their own.
The Capitals played Tuesday night in Florida, falling 2-1 to the Panthers in the longest shootout in NHL history. The two teams went 20 rounds before the Panthers finally prevailed. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom actually had to shoot twice for Washington in the shootout, as every player on the bench had been used already. Despite the loss, the Capitals still have points in six straight games.
The Blue Jackets had an entertaining shootout of their own in Detroit, though not nearly the marathon that Washington battled through. This one only took the traditional three shooters, as the Jackets got goals from Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner to put the Red Wings away.
It was the Blue Jackets' fourth overtime win in as many games. Is another one on tap for tonight?
Here are some nuggets to chew on as we get ready for the Jackets and Capitals for the second time in a week.
- Sergei Bobrovsky has been arguably the best goaltender in the NHL during the month of December. Bobrovsky has gone 7-0-0 with a .950 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average this month, along with a shutout in his last outing. Braden Holtby is 4-2-1 in December for Washington, with a goals-against average of 2.14 and a save percentage of .928.
- Bobrovsky has been solid in shootouts this season, but so has Ryan Johansen. Johansen is 3-for-4 on the season in shootouts for Columbus, and he has scored on three straight.
- The Washington power play has hopped past the Penguins power play for first in the NHL, but the Jackets kept the Capitals largely in check during the last meeting. The Capitals scored on a 5-on-3 early but were only 1-for-6 by the end of the night. The Jackets have killed of 10 of 11 penalties over the last three games and jumped a few spots to 24th in the league.
- Many in the hockey media believed the Jackets would need a significant surge to get back in the playoff discussion after a rough start to the season, and that's what the Blue Jackets are currently doing. Only the Blackhawks' recent eight-game winning streak is longer than the Blue Jackets' present hot stretch this season.
- Ryan Murray hit the ice on Wednesday afternoon for an optional skate at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. He was joined by Adam Cracknell, Jordan Leopold, Jack Skille, and Curtis McElhinney. There's still no timetable for his return.