Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Capitals get 100 points for the third straight season and Jason Chimera get’s revenge on his former team as the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime. The Capitals started off strong only 1:39 into the game when John Carlson put in a Brooks Laich rebound for the early lead. The Caps also dominated action in the first outshooting the Blue Jackets 15-4, but only leading 1-0 after 1.
During a stretch of two minutes and seventeen seconds in the second period four goals were scored. Two were by the Blue Jackets, Antoine Vermette and Fedor Tyutin and the Capitals got two by Mike Knuble and Jason Arnott giving them a 3-2 lead to the third. The Caps also led 27-15 on shots. In the third though the Scottie Upshall, who after the game Bruce Boudreau said always has a good game against them, tied it up and sent it to overtime besides the fact the Caps had outshot 31-21 so far in the game. The Caps, playing their second straight overtime game and third of their last five, came out on the winning end when Jason Chimera knocked in a Brooks Laich rebound for his first game winning goal as a Capital and the Caps coming within a point of the Philadelphia Flyers for first in the Eastern Conference.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 20 shots and Bruce Boudreau said afterwards that when they needed Neuvirth to make a big save he did. The Caps are now 45-22-11, 101 points on the season and one point out of the first in the East, but the Flyers have one game in hand. The Caps have also got 100 points for the third straight year for the first time since 1985-1986 and are 37-0-3 when scoring three or more goals on the season. The Caps also played without defenseman John Erskine for the majority of the game, but afterwards Boudreau said he is fine, day to day, and was held out as a precaution.
The bigger news though happened off the ice, Caps defenseman Dennis Wideman is in the hospital with a “significant leg hematoma.” The Capitals say he is still week to week and the players say Wideman has been sending pictures of it. Mike Knuble said it looked like a ”football” and something out of the “movies.” He also said you can see where they slit his leg to relieve the pressure. If Wideman can’t come back it would be a big loss for the Capitals who are already thin on the blue line without Mike Green and Tom Poti. On the defensive injuries Boudreau said following the game, “It happens to everybody. Everybody’s got injuries. I’ve been on a lot of winning teams and they’ve had to fight with more guys being out than we have.”
The Caps host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday which could also be a first round preview. Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Jason Chimera, Jason Arnott, John Carlson & Mike Knuble had to say following the game…
1st 1:39 Carlson (7), Laich (27), Chimera (16)
2nd 12:32 Knuble (21), Backstrom (42), Ovechkin (49)
2nd 13:27 Arnott (16), Sturm (9)
OT 2:30 Chimera (9), Laich (28), Carlson (28)
Bruce Boudreau Postgame Audio
Jason Chimera Postgame Audio
Jason Arnott Postgame Audio
Mike Knuble Postgame Audio
John Carlson Postgame Audio
Sky Kerstein is 106.7 The FAN’s Capitals Beat Reporter and co-host of “Morning Skate” every Sunday from 9am-10am on 106.7 The FAN. Also you can find video recaps of every Caps game and post-game interviews on www.1067thefandc.com. You can get in touch with Sky on Facebook or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/SkyKerstein.