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Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Recap: Caps Clowned in Columbus

Korpisalo’s second shutout of the season leads Columbus over Washington 3 to 0

NHL: Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

After dispatching Tampa Bay the Capitals travelled to Columbus where Joonas Korpisalo picked up his second shutout of the season in a 3 to 0 Blue Jackets victory over Washington.

Here’s Tuesday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Alex Ovechkin put nine pucks on net (30% of Washington’s total) and one off the crossbar. It remains a treat to watch him ply his trade.

Minus: For the second time in eight nights John Tortorella’s Blue Jackets dispatched the Capitals in regulation.

Eight more notes on the game:

  1. Eric Robinson got Columbus on the scoreboard first with his fourth goal of the season 11:32 into the first period. Planting himself atop the crease Robinson tapped home an Alexandre Texier pass for the early lead.
  2. Braden Holtby kept the Capitals in the contest through the first twenty minutes, turning aside 13 shots. Washington, with three power plays, was only able to muster eight shots on goal through the first period.
  3. Washington limited Columbus to just two shots in the second period but with their offense unable to create anything the Blue Jackets remained ahead by one through forty minutes of play.
  4. 32 seconds into the third period Oliver Bjorkstrand extended Columbus’ lead to two. Gustav Nyquist centered the puck towards the net after a Blue Jackets faceoff win and Bjorkstrand directed the puck past Holtby.
  5. And with a little more than eleven minutes to play Bjorkstrand tallied again to put the game out of reach.
  6. Korpisalo’s shutout was well earned with the Finnish netminder turning aside 30 Capitals shots.
  7. Todd Reirden pulled Holtby from the net with five minutes to play but Washington was unable to muster any meaningful opportunities with the extra man.
  8. Tom Wilson put his weight into Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov beneath the goal line with two minutes to play and danced with David Savard in the slot as a result.