An OTL heading into the break.
Joonas Korpisalo made 29 saves to keep the Blue Jackets in the game and Johnny Gaudreau scored a game-tying third-period goal but Columbus fell 4-3 in overtime to the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.
Korpisalo had to be sharp early, denying Garnet Hathaway's short-handed breakaway attempt at 1:40.
The first chance for the Jackets came at 2:43 when Patrik Laine fired a one-timer from the left circle near the end of the Columbus power play, but it was stopped by Charlie Lindgren.
Hathaway opened the scoring at 5:06 when he deflected Lars Eller's wrist shot from the right circle while standing in front of the net.
Washington doubled its lead at 14:28 when Trevor van Riemsdyk's slap shot from the point beat Korpisalo.
Columbus responded quickly as Andrew Peeke got the Jackets on the board with a wrist shot from the right point at 14:40.
Washington took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission along with an 11-9 advantage in shots on goal.
The Capitals regained their two-goal lead at 8:26 when van Riemsdyk scored his second of the night from the goal mouth thanks to a sweet no-look backhand pass from below the goal line by Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Eric Robinson cut the Blue Jackets' deficit in half at 11:03, finishing off a nice pass from Mathieu Olivier on a two-on-one from the left circle.
The Jackets headed to the final period of regulation trailing 3-2 while leading 21-20 in shots on goal.
Korpisalo had to make several stops with Washington on the power play, including two on T.J. Oshie at 2:10 and 2:58.
Boone Jenner had a chance to tie the game with a shot from the slot at 4:43 but Lindgren made the stop.
Laine had a chance of his own to tie the game at 8:41 from the right slot off a feed from Gaudreau but Lindgren was up to the task.
Martin Fehervary had a golden chance to double Washington's lead from the right slot at 9:27 but Korpisalo moved from right to left to make the save.
Gaudreau tied the game at 12:44, roofing a wrist shot from the right circle on a two-on-one rush set up by a great long pass by Gavin Bayreuther.
The Jackets nearly took the lead at 18:36 after Cole Sillinger's wrist shot was trickling in the blue paint but it bounced below the goal line by the time Kirill Marchenko was able to possess it.
The teams were tied at three after three periods and were even at 33 in shots on goal.
Kuznetsov scored just 26 seconds into overtime after walking in all alone and firing a wrist shot from the right circle past Korpisalo.
With the overtime loss, the Jackets fall to 15-32-4.
- Shots on Goal: WSH 33-34 CBJ
- Faceoff %: WSH 65.3-34.7 CBJ
- Power play: WSH 0/1-0/1 CBJ
- Takeaways: WSH 5-12 CBJ
- Giveaways: WSH 6-8 CBJ
- Blocked shots: WSH 22-18 CBJ
- Hits: WSH 15-37 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): WSH 2.26-1.8 CBJ
- Chances (CF): WSH 49-60 CBJ
- Shots (SF): WSH 26-33 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): WSH 20-25 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): WSH 12-10 CBJ
Adam Boqvist and Nick Blankenburg missed tonight's game with upper-body injuries.
The Blue Jackets will return from the all-star break on Friday, Feb. 10 to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.
The Leafs and Jackets will play again the next day in Toronto at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.