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Highlight Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals

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It was a good ole-fashioned Metropolitan matchup in Washington as the Jackets battled the Caps.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday night the Columbus Blue Jackets completed the second of their back-to-back against the Washington Capitals.

Here's What Happened.

First Period

Just 1:03 into the opening frame the Caps struck first when Brett Connolly sniped one past Sergei Bobrovsky in the slot.

Alex Chiasson would put the Capitals ahead 2-0 moments later, 1:03 after the first goal, essentially the same way Connolly scored his shot.

Washington had just three shots after the first 17:00 and was outshot 8-6 for the first 20.

No penalties.

Hits:
14-9 WSH

Scoring:
Brett Connolly G
Brooks Orpik A
Lars Eller A

Alex Chiasson G
Matt Niskanen A
Devante-Smith Pelly A

Second Period

The Jackets needed to set the tone of the second period early and they did just that. A strong forecheck led to Artemi Panarin sending home his seventh goal.

Boone Jenner committed the games’ first penalty, but the Jackets’ penalty kill continued to star, and Matt Calvert, back after missing 12 games, tied the game on the Jackets’ first short-handed goal of the season.

Late in the second period, Jenner again committed the infraction, but this time Alexander Ovechkin made Columbus pay with his 19th of the year.

Hits:
10-9 CBJ

Shots:
14-10 WSH

Scoring:
Artemi Panarin G
Pierre-Luc Dubois A

Matt Calvert (SH) G
Brandon Dubinsky A

Alexander Ovechkin G
Nicklas Backstrom A
John Carlson A

Third Period

Evgeny Kuznetsov hammered home the Capitals' fourth tally 1:08 into the period.

Columbus kept coming in waves, creating layers in the offensive zone and getting shots at Holtby. Halfway through the third, the Caps had one shot on net, the goal by Kuznetsov.

As recent history shows, it’s typically a tight game between the two clubs, and tonight would be another one-goal affair. Zach Werenski scored, bringing Columbus within one with just over three minutes left, and commencing the final push for the equalizer.

However, in the end, the final score would remain 4-3 Capitals.

Hits:
9-7 WSH

Shots:
17-3 CBJ

Scoring:
Evgeny Kuznetsov G
T.J. Oshie A

John Carlson A
Zach Werenski G
Pierre-Luc Dubois A
Seth Jones A

Check back tomorrow morning for the full recap.