Instant Analysis: Caps 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

Instant Analysis: Caps 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)
November 12, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Ovi scores game winner in OT, Caps win 4-3

Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at Verizon Center.

How it happened: Mikhail Grabovski sent the game into overtime when he scored with 1:45 remaining in regulation and Alex Ovechkin won it by lifting a Marcus Johansson rebound over Sergei Bobrovsky 1:34 into overtime to give the Caps a 4-3 win.

What it means: The Caps snapped a two-game losing streak and moved within one point of the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metro Division standings.

Shortie for Wardo: Joel Ward’s shorthanded goal in the third period was the Caps’ first of the season.

Doobie Doobie Doo: Brandon Dubinsky’s second-period shorthanded goal was his second this season and eighth of his career. Dubinsky has four goals and three fights in 20 career games against the Caps. His scraps have come against Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Steve Oleksy.

Ding: Caps right wing Troy Brouwer had the Caps’ only chance on a full 2-minute second-period power play and rang a pass from Nicklas Backstrom off the left post.

The Boll tolls: Columbus right wing Jared Boll entered the game 9 penalty minutes shy of 1,000 in his NHL career.

Assist of the night: Marty Erat may not have a goal this season but his pass that led to John Carlson’s game-tying goal with 6 minutes left in the second period was a thing of beauty. Erat streak down the left side, took defenseman Dalton Prout with him and forced goalie Sergei  Bobrovsky to leave his cage just before dishing to Carlson for an open-netter.

Hello, Mr. Poile: Carlson’s goal was his fourth in six games. His offensive resurgence might put him back on the Team USA radar. Selections will be made by Predators GM David Poile in late December and announced on Jan. 1.

What’s next: With two days off before visiting the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, the Caps have an 11 a.m. practice scheduled for Wednesday and a 10:30 a.m. practice scheduled for Thursday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. When they return from Detroit they’ll have three straight home games against the Blues, Penguins and Canadiens.