The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets entered Thursday night’s game in a fierce battle for first place in the Metropolitan Division and the NHL.
The Blue Jackets struck first, but it was Dmitry Orlov, on Russian Heritage Night, who played the hero, forcing overtime for the Capitals.
The day after Valentine’s 2014 was wild. In Sochi, Team USA bested Team Russia 3-2 in a shootout victory that elevated TJ Oshie to an international sports star.
Three years and change later, Oshie’s shootout goal helped lift the Caps to an important win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. In net for Columbus was a familiar foe: Sergei Bobrovsky, the same goalie Oshie faced at those fateful 2014 Olympics.
The Washington Capitals knew that Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was important. With the Jackets nipping at the Caps’ heels in the standings, a win would have a big impact on playoff seeding. The Caps played appropriately: shoveling shot after shot on the Columbus net, but that’s not always enough.
The Caps had a ton of offense, but the game remained scoreless after two. That’s when Seth Jones delivered from the blue line to put the Blooj on the board. Dmitry Orlov did the same, scoring on his comrade Sergei Bobrovsky from the other blue line to tie it up.
Rego and overtime passed without a decision, so here come shootout bullets!
Caps beat Jackets 2-1 in the shootout!
On Thursday night, the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets were locked in an intense battle to capture the top spot in Metropolitan Division and the league. After much shooting, but no scoring in the first period, Braden Holtby was forced to make a brilliant save to keep the game scoreless.
On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals announced that captain Alex Ovechkin would wear custom-painted skates for Russian Heritage Night. The skates would then be auctioned off to raise money for Ovechkin’s favorite charity, the American Special Hockey Association.
Thursday before the Caps took on the Blue Jackets, Ovechkin wore the skates during warmups, becoming the first player in NHL history to ever wear custom-painted skates.
Actor Dax Shepard has been making the rounds over the last week, promoting his new film CHiPs – a big-screen adaptation of the famous TV series from the 1970s and ’80s.
Thursday, the former Punk’d star did a web interview with Hot Ones host Sean Evans, which involved eating ridiculously spicy hot wings and talking about important topics such as Shepard’s man crush of Jay-Z, his deep love for Costco, and his admiration of Alex Ovechkin’s nostrils.
With poofy hair and a bemused grin, Justin Williams’ look for team photos is notorious. Last year, standing next to the bald Jason Chimera, William vigilantly poofed his hair during the shoot to make sure his mop was in pristine condition.
This coming Monday, the Capitals will take their 2016-17 team photo and Williams took to twitter to ask fans for advice.
Thursday evening the Washington Capitals will host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Y’all should probably buckle up because this is going to be a GOOD game. The Jackets will be fighting for two points to tie the Capitals in the standings. If they fail to get the win, a loser point will put them in a tie with Pittsburgh. And no, no this these aren’t just the division standings, these are the league standings. This further supports the idea that the current NHL playoff format is the most ridiculous set-up of all time.
Despite the fact that the two teams are performing almost identically, the Blue Jackets have a slight edge with their goalie Sergei Bobrovsky who leads the NHL in both save percentage (.931) and total wins (39).
Puck drop is just past 7 PM on CSN. Be thankful the game is at the Verizon Center with ZERO sign of that stupid cannon.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||47-17-8||52.7%||102.9||22.0% (6th)||83.8% (8th)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||47-19-6||51.3%||102.5||21.4% (8th)||82.6% (10th)|
On Wednesday night, Eric Fehr played his first game in a month — and his first in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform. He did okay — getting outshot 12 to 9, winning all four faceoffs he took, and eating up about ten minutes of ice — but today doesn’t look good for Winkler, Manitoba native and former Brandon Wheat King.
Toronto Sun writer Lance Hornby reports that Fehr may have suffered a broken hand. He could be done for the season.
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