|Date of game: 12/18/2014
Recap: Columbus vs. Washington
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Fehr's goal 42 seconds into overtime lifted the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Columbus, halting the Blue Jackets' seven-game win streak.
Michael Chaput's first career NHL goal had given Columbus a 4-3 lead with 4:25 remaining in regulation, but Troy Brouwer answered for the Capitals just 1:25 later to send the game into extra time.
Fehr, Jason Chimera and Karl Alzner each recorded a goal and an assist for Washington, which earned a point for a seventh straight outing. The Caps are 5-0-2 over that stretch, which included an overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Washington a week ago.
"That was a big one tonight for our team, the way we fought back," Fehr said. "We were really resilient. We could have folded a few times but we hung in there and got the win."
Nick Foligno scored twice and assisted on another for Columbus, which received 31 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky in defeat.
Chaput swooped in from the left wing to put the rebound of Matt Calvert's initial attempt into an open side to briefly put Columbus ahead late in a wide-open third period. However, the Capitals quickly responded on a somewhat questionable play from Brouwer.
Mike Green tossed the puck on net during a Washington rush, with the disc deflecting off Brouwer's left skate and past Bobrovsky to knot the score at 4-4. The goal held up following a video review, which determined that Brouwer did not intentionally kick the puck over the line.
Green also set up the game-winner during overtime, with the defenseman skating around a defender and delivering a drop pass that Fehr one-timed home while falling to the ice.
"I'm disappointed the way the game ended, because we had two leads, two opportunities to earn a win in regulation," said Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards. "It leaves you with a little bitter taste, just because there were opportunities."
Washington dominated the first period, outshooting the Blue Jackets by a 15-5 margin and taking a 2-0 lead courtesy of Joel Ward and Chimera.
Ward began the scoring midway through the opening stanza, firing a shot under Bobrovsky's right arm after collecting a feed from Fehr.
A faceoff win by Michael Latta in the Columbus zone late in the period set up the second goal. Latta got the puck back near the net shortly afterward, then sent a heady, no-look pass across the crease that Chimera deposited in with 37.9 seconds left.
It was all Columbus in the second, however, as the Jackets took advantage of a pair of Washington penalties just under three minutes apart.
A slashing call to Alex Ovechkin gave Columbus a 5-on-4 around 7 1/2 minutes into the middle session, with Jack Johnson converting the chance by tapping in a well-placed centering feed from Foligno.
Foligno tied it at 2-2 with 8:03 left in the frame, outworking Caps netminder Braden Holtby for the rebound of a shot sent on net by Kevin Connauton and backhanding in his eighth power-play tally of the season.
Foligno struck again a mere 52 seconds into the third period, knocking in the carom of Jeremy Morin's shot during a Columbus rush to give the Jackets their first lead of the night.
It lasted just over six minutes, as Alzner jumped into the opposing zone and skated in before launching a wrister that handcuffed Bobrovsky and trickled over the line.
"I like the character (we showed). We came back twice in that game to tie it up and win it in overtime," said Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. "Anytime they got the momentum, we grabbed it back."Game Notes
The Blue Jackets have been involved in five straight games decided in either
overtime or a shootout ... Holtby finished with 22 saves ... Foligno's first
goal was the 100th of his career ... Green and Latta both had two assists for
Washington ... The Capitals had lost their previous three games that went past
regulation ... Columbus went 2-for-4 on the power play ... Washington moved to
14-1-2 on the season when scoring first.