It wasn't always pretty, but at night's end, it was two points for the Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on the first possession of overtime, giving the Caps a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night in Columbus.
Baby Just Break - The Caps take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus tonight in their final game ahead of the NHL's All-Star Weekend in Florida, and Washington's "bye week," which immediately follows the All-Star break. After tonight's tilt in Columbus, the Caps will be quiet and idle until an afternoon practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 9. Washington's next game is a Saturday matinee match against the Bruins in Boston on Feb. 11.
The Toronto Maple Leafs erupted for four goals in the second period to erase a 1-0 Washington lead, rolling over the Caps and sending them to a third straight road setback, a 5-1 loss at Scotiabank Place on Sunday.
Save It For Sunday - The Caps are in Toronto for a late Sunday matinee match with the Maple Leafs, the finale of the season's series between the two teams. Toronto won over Washington here by a 3-2 count back on Oct. 13 in the Caps' second game of the season, and Washington returned the favor in the District with 5-2 victory on Dec. 17, a victory fueled by Erik Gustafsson's first career hat trick.
Caps center Nicklas Backstrom has endured a great deal of difficulty over the last several months. He underwent hip resurfacing surgery last spring and fought his way back in the months of subsequent rehab. He had bout with Covid around the holidays, and then just before Washington's Tuesday night game against the Avalanche in Denver, he had to miss the game because of a non-Covid illness.
Home, Home Again - Back from a weeklong three-game trip out west, the Caps returned home on Wednesday and tonight they will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second of just three meetings between the two longtime divisional rivals this season. The Caps and Pens will conclude their short season's series on March 25 when Washington makes its lone visit to the Steel City this season.
Following an ugly 6-2 setback to the Golden Knights in Vegas on Saturday, the Caps were seeking a good bounce back effort on Tuesday in Denver against the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche. The Caps got the bounce back, but not enough of the bounces, falling 3-2 to the Avs in the finale of a three-game trip out west.