Capitals dominate Blue Jackets

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2. T.J. Oshie scored twice and Alex Ovechkin scored career goal 809 for the Caps seventh straight road win. For Ovechkin, he extended his goal streak to four games.

Johnny Gaudreau scored at 5:19 to put the Blue Jackets up 1-0. That would be the score after one as the Caps led in shots 13-8.

The Caps tied it at 1:51 in the second period. Nick Jensen and Dmitry Orlov worked the puck around. As Sonny Milano was tied up with a defender on a loose puck, Oshie came in hot to score.

At 11:15 the Caps took the lead. Nicolas Aube Kubel shot it as he got close to the net for his first goal as a member of the Caps.

Gavin Bayreuther tied it back up at 12:59. Martin Fehervary gave the Caps the lead right back at 17:20 as he deflected in a shot from Dylan Strome with Alex Alexeyev providing the secondary assist. It was Fehervary’s third goal of the season.

At 18:57 the Caps went up 4-2 on a shot from Garnet Hathaway for his fifth goal of the season. Anthony Mantha and Aliaksei Protas had the helpers.

4-2 was the score after two with the Caps leading in shots 16-8.

In the third the Caps went to the power play. Oshie was once again there as the second player to help out Strome. Oshie rebounded a Strome shot for his second goal of the game and seventh of the season. Evgeny Kuznetsov had the secondary assist.

The Caps would get another power play and at 13:05 Ovechkin scored from his office with Strome and Kuznetsov assisting for his 29th goal of the season. Ovechkin has goals in four straight games and nine in his last six. He’s 85 from Wayne Gretzky.

6-2 would be the final. The Caps were outshot 11-8 in the third period but had the edge in shots overall 37-27. Darcy Kuemper was excellent with 25 saves.

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The Caps are back in action tonight against the Nashville Predators from Capital One Arena. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.