Game Recap – 12/8/2018 – Washington Capitals v. Columbus Blue Jackets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Capitals (16-9-3 35pts) v. Columbus Blue Jackets (16-10-2 34pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals marched into Columbus for the first time since the 1st Round of the 2018 Playoffs were victorious as both Dmitrij Jaskin (as a Capital) and Travis Boyd (of his career) scored their first goals of the season, and Braden Holtby made 28 save on 28 shots for his second shutout of the season and 34th of his career putting him one shutout shy of tying Olaf Kolzig for the franchise lead in shutouts.

 

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Andre Burakovsky

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Lars Eller — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Jonas Siegenthaler — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Christian Djoos, Riley Barber

Injured: T.J. Oshie (concussion), Brooks Orpik (knee surgery), Tom Wilson (concussion)

 

Columbus Blue Jackets:

Artemi Panarin — Pierre-Luc Dubois — Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno — Boone Jenner — Josh Anderson

Brandon Dubinsky — Alexander Wennberg — Anthony Duclair

Oliver Bjorkstrand — Riley Nash — Markus Hannikainen

Ryan Murray — Seth Jones

Markus Nutivaara — David Savard

Zach Werenski — Scott Harrington

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Lukas Sedlak

Injured: None

 

First Period:

Capitals Goal – 1:42 – Brett Connolly (5) from Jakub Vrana (9) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (20)

Blue Jackets Penalty – 3:43 – Cam Atkinson  2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Goal – 10:19 – Dmitrij Jaskin (1) from Travis Boyd (7) and Dmitry Orlov (9)

Capitals Goal – 19:41 – Alex Ovechkin (22) from Michal Kempny (7) and John Carlson (25)

 

End of 1st – WAS – 3       CLB – 0

Shots              13                08

Faceoffs         09                13

Hits               01                  07

PP                 0/1                 0/0

 

Analysis:

This was a very good period for the Capitals that saw them strike early and strike consistently throughout the period. Great job by Dmitrij Jaskin for getting to the net and getting his first as a Capital.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to continue playing the way they are now and consistently pressuring the play in the Blue Jackets zone.

 

Second Period:

Blue Jackets Penalty – 5:10 – Pierre-Luc Dubois 2 minutes for Slashing

Blue Jackets Penalty – 11:32 – Boone Jenner 2 minutes for Delay of Game

Capitals Penalty – 18:07 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Slashing

 

End of 2nd – WAS – 3        CLB – 0

Shots               21                 17

Faceoffs          20                 23

Hits                 01                  10

PP                   0/3                  0/1

 

Analysis:

This was a good period. The Capitals maintained the pace that they liked, and continued to pressure on the Blue Jackets defense.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals just need to keep it going. Keep pressuring the Blue Jackets, forcing turnovers and penalties. The Capitals need to do a much better job with their powerplay opportunities.

 

Third Period:

Capitals Penalty – 2:44 – Dmitry Orlov 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Goal – 11:04 – Travis Boyd (1) from Alex Ovechkin (14) and Nic Dowd (4)

Capitals Penalty – 13:24 – Andre Burakovsky 2 minutes for Holding

Capitals Penalty – 17:32 – Andre Burakovsky 2 minutes for Tripping

 

End of 3rd – WAS – 4         CLB – 0

Shots              28                   28

Faceoffs        27                    34

Hits               05                     16

PP                 0/3                    0/4

 

Analysis:

A good overall game for the Capitals as they end their 3 game road trip with a victory over their Metropolitan Division rival Blue Jackets. The 3rd period though the Capitals took too many penalties which allowed the Blue Jackets an opportunity to get back into this game but Braden Holtby would be strong in net.

 

Next Up:

Washington (17-9-3 37pts) v. Detroit (13-12-4 30pts)

Columbus (16-11-2 34pts) v. Vancouver (12-16-3 27pts)

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