The Caps promised not to take the Blue Jackets lightly and they didn’t, overwhelming the Blue Jackets and winless goaltender Curtis McElhinney with a 13-5 shot advantage and a 3-1 lead after one period. Marcus Johansson, who had eight goals in 80 games last season, picked up his seventh of the season just 96 seconds into the game by driving the net swatting in his own rebound. Alex Ovechkin followed with his first of two goals and it came from his office on a power-play one-timer from Mike Green. The allowed the Blue Jackets back in the game when Boone Jenner beat Nicklas Backstrom on a faceoff and Cam Atkinson ripped a shot through Braden Holtby at the 9:52 mark. Ovechkin made it 3-1 with 3:56 remaining in the opening period on a between-the-legs drop pass from Jay Beagle. Beagle took defenseman Fedor Tyutin with him to the net, giving Ovechkin enough time and space to fire a shot in the top right corner. Ovechkin had a chance to record his 14th hat trick early in the second period but McElhinney stopped him at the side of the net. It stayed that way until an unfortunate bounce drew the Blue Jackets within 3-2 with just under a minute to play in the second period. David Savard threw a high shot that went off Holtby’s right shoulder and fell behind him in the crease. As he made his way back to the net Holtby inadvertently kicked the puck over the goal line. The Caps had their share of good fortune in the third period. Scott Hartnell broke in alone on Holtby and backhanded a shot off the crossbar just 1:30 into the period and defenseman Karl Alzner came up with two huge blocks on power-play point shots by Tim Erixon midway through the period. Johansson completed the scoring with his eighth goal of the season on a wraparound goal with 5:21 remaining. Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky picked up a pair of assists in the win.
Caps strike early, hold on to beat Blue Jackets
CSN Washington | Nov 12