One night after dispatching the Kings at home the Capitals began a six game roadtrip, the longest of their season, in Ohio against the Blue Jackets. And waiting for Washington at Nationwide Arena was Sergei Bobrovsky, who shutout Washington en route to a 3 to 0 win.
Here’s Tuesday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Braden Holtby was great once again (30 saves) and he deserved a better result tonight.
Minus: Four shots from the Capitals in the first period, three in the second, and 13 (finally) in the third.
Ten more notes on the game.
- Eight minutes into the contest Tom Wilson put his shoulder into Josh Anderson along the wall and felled the Blue Jackets winger. Anderson would remain on the ice for a minute before skating off to the locker room, but he would return in the second period.
- Late in the first Nick Foligno rang a backhanded shot off the iron behind Holtby’s left side. A fortunate ricochet allowed the Capitals netminder to trap the puck against his back and force a whistle.
- Holtby had to be the Capitals best player early and often. He turned aside all eleven Columbus shots to keep Washington in a tie at the first intermission.
- Anthony Duclair would break the scoreless tie six minutes into the middle frame. A lazy line change by Washington allowed Duclair a three against one rush that he finished himself with a hard shot underneath Holtby.
- Early in the third period Devante Smith-Pelly hit the post, his second time doing so in the game. All was not bad, though, as Riley Nash was caught holding while defending Nic Dowd.
- Unfortunately the best chance of Washington’s man advantage opportunity belonged to the Blue Jackets. Cam Atkinson found himself on a breakaway against Holtby and missed, but a John Carlson slashing penalty negated the rest of the advantage.
- Alex Ovechkin registered his first shot on goal against Bobrovsky with only five minutes to play.
- Sixty seconds later Foligno finished off a give and go with Seth Jones to put the Blue Jackets ahead by two and the game out of Washington’s reach.
- Artemi Panarin would provide the margin of victory with an empty net goal with ten seconds left to play.
- Up until tonight the visitors had won all three previous meetings between these two teams this season.