Looking to pull out of their all star break skid, the Blue Jackets kicked off a home and home series with Washington by welcoming the Capitals to town. Would they be able to find what they needed to get back in the win column?
Things started off pretty well!
Savard (4) from Wennberg (15) @ 1:58
Unfortunately the Capitals would get a power play when Markus Nutivaara was whistled for a hook a few minutes later, and...well.
Carlson (8) from Backstrom (29) and Kuznetsov (38) @ 4:54
Oh, and this happened:
The Jackets would start the period on the power play and put some real pressure on Braden Holtby, but failed to solve the Capitals goaltender, and not long after...
The Jackets would actually put a lot of work into getting into the offensive zone and throwing pucks at the net, outshooting the Caps 17-7 in the period, but the numbers on the scoreboard still read 2-1 Washington after 40 minutes.
The Blue Jackets continued to put a fair bit of pressure on the Capitals, including some great individual work by Artemi Panarin and Zach Werenski, but the score remained unchanged into the final six minutes of regulation. The Jackets got an opportunity on the power play and could not cash in, but just when you started to think “Well, here we go again...”
DUBI TIES IT!!— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) February 7, 2018
2-2 game friends! pic.twitter.com/QFI1Nn2UtA
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Dubinsky (4) from Nutivaara (14) and Calvert (10) @ 13:55
Even with the Jackets getting a late power play it looked like this game was going to OT, but in the final minute of play, the Capitals went in hard, and things came apart after a shot went off Bobrovsky’s mask, dropped in front of David Savard, and T. J. Oshie was there to feed it to an open Backstrom.
no. No. NO.— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) February 7, 2018
caps score to make it 3-2.
Backstrom (12) from Oshie (19) and Ovechkin (26) @ 19:17
Fate is cruel.