Columbus 5, Washington 1

Friday, January 17, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 22-18-2-6 14-8-2-2 8-10-0-4 L4
Columbus 23-20-3-1 12-9-1-1 11-11-2-0 W5


Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 1: Cam Atkinson scored twice and Mark Letestu secured his 100th career point by tallying for the fourth time in three games as host Columbus skated to its season-high fifth consecutive victory.

Ryan Johansen recorded his team-leading 18th goal and added an assist for the Blue Jackets, who ended a five-game losing skid to Washington. Defenseman James Wisniewski also tallied and Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 26 shots in the victory.

Defenseman John Carlson scored and Martin Erat added an assist for his 500th career NHL point, but the Capitals fell for the eighth time in 10 outings (2-4-4). Braden Holtby finished with 20 saves in relief of Philipp Grubauer, who yielded three goals on 14 shots. 

With his team on a 4-on-3 power play, Wisniewski unleashed a blast from the point to open the scoring with 7:52 remaining in the first period. Atkinson continued his surge exactly seven minutes later by chipping home a loose puck on the right doorstep before Johansen deposited R.J. Umberger's cross-slot feed past Grubauer from the left circle at 1:44 of the second.

Carlson wristed a shot from the point to put Washington on the scoreboard just over seven minutes later. Letestu restored Columbus' three-goal edge 68 seconds into the third with a power-play goal and Atkinson added his second of the night just over three minutes later to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Bobrovsky recorded his fourth straight victory since his return from a lower-body injury and sixth straight overall. ...  Columbus' Dalton Prout played in place of fellow D Fedor Tyutin (illness) and logged 15:13 of ice time. Prout was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Thursday. ... Washington failed to score on all four of its power-play opportunities and is 0-for-13 in its last five contests. 

Top Game Performances

Washington   Columbus
John Carlson 1 Points Cam Atkinson 2
John Carlson 1 Goals Cam Atkinson 2
Troy Brouwer 1 Assists Jack Johnson 2
N/A Power Play Goals Mark Letestu 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Braden Holtby .909 Save Percentage Sergei Bobrovsky .963
Braden Holtby 20 Saves Sergei Bobrovsky 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 27 1 0-4 2-4 15 27
Columbus 36 5 2-4 4-4 15 35

Upcoming Games

  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against Buffalo. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .480 after a loss.
  • Washington will play its next game on the road against NY Rangers. The Capitals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .423 after a loss.
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