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Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Recap: Bobrovsky Blanks Washington

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A perfect performance from Sergei Bobrovsky leads Columbus to a 3 to 0 victory over Washington.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Alex Ovechkin registered his first shot on goal against Bobrovsky with only five minutes to play.
  8. 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.
  9. Artemi Panarin would provide the margin of victory with an empty net goal with ten seconds left to play.
  10. Up until tonight the visitors had won all three previous meetings between these two teams this season.