Three Things: Lilja Scores, Korpi Saves and Foligno Fights

By Peter Fish on December 27, 2019 at 9:45 pm
Dec 27, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) fights Washington Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler (34) in the second period at Capital One Arena.
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The Blue Jackets pick up a point in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Capitals on Friday night.

A back and forth first period leaves the game tied up at 0 after 20 minutes. The Blue Jackets best chance of the period came off a great stretch pass from Gavrikov to Foligno for a breakaway, but Foligno was not able to get a shot off.

Halfway through the second, Lilja broke the tie with backdoor goal thanks to some nice passes by MacInnis and Nash. Before the goal, it was the Korpisalo show for the Jackets as the goaltender stepped up and came up with a couple of massive saves to keep the Capitals off the board. At the end of the second a Wilson hit sent Lilja to the dressing room and Foligno scrapped with Siegenthaler.

The Capitals broke through just over six minutes into the third after a turnover by Kukan gave Washington an opportunity as the Jackets were already heading out of the zone. Korpi received some help from his post, but neither he nor Dubois could find the loose puck before Hagelin.

In OT, a power play leads to Oshie finding the back of the net.

Let's get into tonight's three things.

Lilja picks up his first NHL goal

Jakub Lilja picks up his first career NHL goal by slamming the puck home on the backdoor. The play started with a solid defensive effort, then flick pass by Savard, which MacInnis picked up at brought into the Capitals zone, MacInnis finds Nash in the middle of the ice from his back and Nash gets around the defenseman and finds Lilja waiting on the opposite post.

The Kopri Show kept the Jackets in the game

to say Joonas Korpisalo has been hot in the month of December may be an understatement and tonight was no different. In the first, he blanked the Capitals by making the easy saves, then in the second he came alive and made back-to-back big saves for the Jackets. Later in the second with the 1-0 lead, Korpi once again came up big while the Capitals were on the power play. The first puck to find its way past Korpi was due to a defensive zone turnover and a player left alone at the backdoor for two chances, while the second came on a power play in overtime.

Foligno throws down

The shift after a hard hit by Wilson on Lilja, which saw Foligno and Ovechkin have a conference with the ref, Foligno and Siegenthaler battled on the half board before dropping the gloves. Foligno - who was still upset with the Wilson hit - took his frustrations out on Siegenthaler and caught him with a few good right-handers before taking him to the ice.

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