BLUE JACKETS 3 | CAPITALS 5
Scott Hartnell Post Game
Jack Johnson Post Game
Dalton Prout Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Hartnell's Second of the Night
ANALYSIS: The Blue Jackets needed to take back some momentum in the second period and they did that. Yes, they gave up *another* response goal less than a minute after cutting the deficit to 2-1 1:51 into the period, but they got it back later in the frame thanks to a slick redirection by Scott Hartnell in the high slot. The first Columbus goal came from David Savard, who jumped up in the play and uncorked a slap shot that hit a stick on the way in, beating Braden Holtby under the crossbar. Tom Wilson made it 3-1 just 48 seconds later, jamming in a rebound from Jason Chimera’s rush to the net, following a pattern we’ve unfortunately seen too often from the Jackets this season. But Jack Johnson’s shot from the left point coupled with Hartnell’s slot-area presence got this back to a one-goal game with 20 minutes to play, and as Johnson said between periods, they have a chance here with one period to go. Shots are 24-17 favoring Washington but the Jackets have edged ahead in the possession battle, with 30-28 SAT edge at even strength.
David Savard Goal
Scott Hartnell Goal
Second Period Highlights
ANALYSIS: Another home game and yet another slow start for the Blue Jackets. For whatever reason, they cannot seem to get started on the right foot here at Nationwide Arena and the trend continued tonight. The Capitals scored twice in the first period, starting with a nifty re-direction in front of the net by Alexander Ovechkin, who tallied for the 42nd time this season. Ovechkin was parked in front of Sergei Bobrovsky and tipped in a point shot by Brooks Orpik at 3:37 of the first. Then, it was newcomer Tim Gleason firing on goal from the right point and the rebound caroming right to the waiting stick of Eric Fehr, who had a wide-open net to make it 2-0. The Capitals dominated the first period 5-on-5, generating 15 of the 22 total shot attempts (68.2%).
First Period Highlights
Cam Atkinson Pregame
Justin Falk Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (11:35 AM):Todd Richards said he will dress the same 12 forwards that played Sunday in Pittsburgh. Justin Falk will play on defense alongside Dalton Prout. Jack Johnson will remain with David Savard, while Cody Goloubef will be paired with Fedor Tyutin.
UPDATE (10:55 AM): Todd Richards confirmed after the morning skate that Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for the Blue Jackets.
- Brandon Dubinsky is progressing nicely as he recovers from a concussion. He took part in light activity yesterday without symptoms, while Matt Calvert has not yet undergone light activity. Kevin Connauton, Ryan Murray, and Boone Jenner skated separate from the group today with strength and conditioning coach Kevin Collins.
Good morning and happy game day!
After a busy trade-deadline day in Columbus, the Blue Jackets have a fresh new face expected in the line-up for tonight's contest with the Washington Capitals, their fifth and final meeting this season, not to mention another major contributor making his return between the pipes.. The Capitals are currently holding onto the top wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and beat Toronto Sunday in convincing fashion, 4-0. The Capitals also made a significant addition of their own, bringing aboard former US Olympic defenseman Tim Gleason. Gleason made his Capitals' debut against the Leafs and will be in the lineup tonight for Washington.
- Sergei Bobrovsky appears to have the start tonight for the Blue Jackets. It will be his first start since Jan. 21st, when he suffered an injury in Winnipeg.
- Justin Falk will make his Blue Jackets debut tonight on the Columbus blue line. It will be a different looking defense corps for Columbus after the departures of Jordan Leopold and James Wisniewski yesterday afternoon, not to mention Kevin Connauton's injury that will keep him sidelined tonight. Falk brings a big, physical game to the back-end for the Jackets, and he skated with Dalton Prout in the morning skate. He will wear number 44.
- New Jackets acquisitions Rene Bourque and William Karlsson, acquired from the Anaheim Ducks yesterday, will not be in the line-up for the Jackets tonight. Both are expected to report to AHL Springfield.
- The Jackets defense will have a heavy workload against Washington. Alex Ovechkin leads the league with 41 goals, and he and center Nicklas Backstrom are tied for the league lead in points. The Caps' power play ranks second in the NHL.