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This Date in Caps History - March 31

by Mike Vogel / Washington Capitals

On March 31, 2011, the Caps forged a 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center.

With help from Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera, Caps defenseman John Carlson staked Washington to an early lead, scoring his seventh goal of the season at 1:39 of the first frame.

The two teams traded goals in the second, with Antoine Vermette and Fedor Tyutin lighting the lamp for Columbus while Mike Knuble (from Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin) and Jason Arnott (from Marco Sturm) scored for the Capitals. For Knuble, it was his 21st of the season and for Arnott his 16th.

With just 5:37 remaining in regulation, the Blue Jackets’ Scottie Upshall scored on Washington netminder Michal Neuvirth to even the contest at 3-3.

At the exact midpoint of the overtime session, former Blue Jackets winger Chimera bit the hand that once fed him, scoring an overtime game-winner with help from Laich and Carlson.

The goal was Chimera’s ninth of the season and it made a winner out of Neuvirth, who made 20 saves on the night to earn his 25th victory of the 2010-11 season.

With the victory over Columbus, the Capitals won for the 15th time in 19 games (15-3-1).

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