Jackets 5, Capitals 1
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[January 18, 2014]
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 1: Cam
Atkinson scored twice and Mark Letestu secured his 100th career point by
tallying for the fourth time in three games as host Columbus skated to
its season-high fifth consecutive victory.
Ryan Johansen recorded his team-leading 18th goal and added an
assist for the Blue Jackets, who ended a five-game losing skid to
Washington. Defenseman James Wisniewski also tallied and Sergei
Bobrovsky turned aside 26 shots in the victory.
Defenseman John Carlson scored and Martin Erat added an assist for
his 500th career NHL point, but the Capitals fell for the eighth
time in 10 outings (2-4-4). Braden Holtby finished with 20 saves in
relief of Philipp Grubauer, who yielded three goals on 14 shots.
With his team on a 4-on-3 power play, Wisniewski unleashed a blast
from the point to open the scoring with 7:52 remaining in the first
period. Atkinson continued his surge exactly seven minutes later by
chipping home a loose puck on the right doorstep before Johansen
deposited R.J. Umberger's cross-slot feed past Grubauer from the
left circle at 1:44 of the second.
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Carlson wristed a shot from the point to put Washington on the
scoreboard just over seven minutes later. Letestu restored Columbus'
three-goal edge 68 seconds into the third with a power-play goal and
Atkinson added his second of the night just over three minutes later
to seal the win.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bobrovsky recorded his fourth straight victory since
his return from a lower-body injury and sixth straight overall. ...
Columbus' Dalton Prout played in place of fellow D Fedor Tyutin
(illness) and logged 15:13 of ice time. Prout was recalled from
Springfield of the American Hockey League on Thursday. ...
Washington failed to score on all four of its power-play
opportunities and is 0-for-13 in its last five contests.
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