Johnny Gaudreau scored his first goal since Nov. 2 but the Blue Jackets lost their eighth straight game, falling 4-2 to the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
A mostly low-event first period was highlighted by Alex Ovechkin's right-circle shot that hit the post at 17:34.
The teams were tied at zero after the first period with Columbus leading 9-7 in shots on goal.
Gaudreau opened the scoring at 3:27 with a slap shot from the slot after the Blue Jackets were able to cycle in the Capitals zone.
After Aliaksei Protas' centering feed to Sonny Milano caught Elvis Merzlikins out of position, Milano scored on an open net from the bottom of the left circle to tie the game at 5:05.
Protas gave Washington the lead at 13:16 off the rush with a wicked left-circle wrist shot.
Ovechkin made the Blue Jackets pay for leaving him wide open in the slot, as he beat Merzlikins to double Washington's lead at 15:47 following Columbus' defensive-zone breakdown.
Washington took a 3-1 lead into the third period while trailing 20-17 in shots on goal.
Ivan Provorov cut the Washington lead in half after Cole Sillinger's goalmouth shot hit the post and found its way to Provorov, who finished from the left doorstep.
After Patrik Laine turned the puck over in the offensive zone, Hendrix Lapierre beat Merzlikins with a backhand shot on a mini breakaway at 13:34.
Justin Danforth answered for the Jackets at 15:48, dispatching the rebound from Sean Kuraly's shot past Charlie Lindgren from the doorstep.
The Jackets couldn't find the equalizer and fell to 4-10-4.
- Shots on Goal: CBJ 36-28 WSH
- Face-off %: CBJ 48.6-51.4 WSH
- Power play: CBJ 0/3-0/2 WSH
- Giveaways: CBJ 8-17 WSH
- Takeaways: CBJ 6-14 WSH
- Blocked shots: CBJ 16-19 WSH
- Hits: CBJ 17-18 WSH
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 2.94-1.45 WSH
- Shot Attempts (CF): CBJ 58-45 WSH
- Shots on Goal (SF): CBJ 26-22 WSH
- Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 28-18 WSH
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 10-8 WSH
Jack Roslovic was placed on IR on Monday and is out for four to six weeks with a broken ankle.
The Blue Jackets are back in action on Sunday in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers at 5:30 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.
The club returns home to face Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.