Capitals Rally Late; Defeat Blue Jackets On Friday Night

By Jacob Nitzberg on November 12, 2021 at 9:37 pm
Nov 12, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (8) sticks a rebound away from Washington Capitals left wing Axel Johnson-Fjallby (45) during the second period at Nationwide Arena
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It was a wild one tonight at Nationwide Arena, but the Blue Jackets came up a little short.

A late goal from Conor Sheary gave the Capitals a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets in a back-and-forth affair.

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Sean Kuraly got the scoring started in the first period, burying a rebound to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. It was Kuraly's first goal for the Blue Jackets. Before the first period ended, Alexander Ovechkin tied the game at one with a lethal shot. It was Ovechkin's 742nd goal in the NHL, which broke a tie with Brett Hull. Ovechkin is now alone in fourth place, and he's looking to catch Jaromir Jagr (766) before this season ends.

The second period was nothing short of exhilarating. Garnet Hathaway scored twice in the early going to give the Capitals a 3-1 advantage, but it would be short-lived. Kuraly scored his second goal of the game on a beautiful wrist shot after beating John Carlson with a toe-drag. Then, Gustav Nyquist found himself on a breakaway and beat Capitals netminder Ilya Samsonov to tie the game. The Kuraly and Nyquist goals came 22 seconds apart.

With 1:22 remaining in the game, Sheary found a pocket of space and beat Joonas Korpisalo for the game-winner.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets are back at it tomorrow night against the New York Rangers. Puck drop at Nationwide Arena is slated for 7:00 p.m. EST.

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