The Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the league leading Washington Capitals just 24 hours after last night’s horror show against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thanks to injuries sustained on a fluke hit (to Nick Foligno) and blatant dirty play (to Oliver Bjorkstrand, which earned Roman Polak a well deserved two game ban) the Jackets were without two key forwards for the contest.
Despite some questions ahead of the game, Nick Foligno was able to play.
The first period started with an eight minute feeling out process ahead of dueling minors to Tom Wilson and Josh Anderson. After that, the Blue Jackets played on their heels through the end of the period. Several big saves by Sergei Bobrovsky kept the game knotted at zero. Zach Werenski was shaken up but did not miss a shift.
The second period ended tied at zero, with the Blue Jackets killing both penalty opportunities for the Capitals.
Seth Jones scored 0:41 into the third on a rebound from a Brandon Dubinsky shot for a 1-0 lead. They were immediately turned aside on the ensuing power play. The Capitals surged after the goal and were able to tie the game at 1-1 behind a goal from Dmitri Orlov. With no winner, we went to overtime.
After an end to end overtime could not produce a winner, the game went to a shootout.
T.J. Oshie scored the only goal, and Washington won.
FINAL: Columbus Blue Jackets 1 Washington Capitals 2 (SO)