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Postgame Notebook: Capitals 5, Blue Jackets 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Mike Vogel  - WashingtonCaps.com Senior Writer

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Postgame Notebook: Capitals 5, Blue Jackets 3
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Washington Capitals 5
Five For Five – Washington ran its exhibition record to a perfect 5-0 with a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center on Friday night. Eric Fehr had two goals – including the game-winner – and an assist to pace the attack.

The Caps led 2-0 and 3-2, but the Blue Jackets came back to even it up both times. Fehr’s goal at 5:12 of the third – just 50 seconds after the Jackets had tied it – finally put the Capitals on top for good.

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau believes his team is ready for the regular season, which starts a week from today against the Thrashers in Atlanta.

“It’s more that they’re getting tired of the pre-season,” says Boudreau. “They want to start playing something for real. We can win all the pre-season games in a row in the world and in two weeks no one is going to know what our record was in the pre-season.”

Even Keel – All three Columbus goals came on special teams; two on the power play and one shorthanded. Washington has allowed just five even-strength goals in its five exhibition games.

First Blood – For the fifth time in as many pre-season games this fall, Washington scored the game’s first goal on Friday night. And for the fifth time in as many pre-season games, it did so in the game’s first period.

Eric Fehr became the fifth different player to score the game’s first goal during the 2010 exhibition season, following in the skate-steps of Tomas Fleischmann, Mike Green, Mathieu Perreault and Nicklas Backstrom.

Washington has yet to trail in 300 minutes worth of pre-season hockey. The Capitals have outscored the opposition by a combined 5-1 in the first period of their five pre-season games this fall.

Get Green – Caps defenseman Mike Green has had a hand in four of the seven goals the team has scored in the two pre-season games in which he has played.

He’s Okay – Caps forward Matt Hendricks was leveled by a Nate Guenin check early in the first period. As Hendricks lay on the ice, Washington defenseman Tyler Sloan came to his defense, dropping the gloves with Guenin.

Hendricks did not return to the game, but he is said to be fine. Boudreau said afterwards that had it been a regular season contest, Hendricks would have returned to action.

Later in the game, Alex Ovechkin intervened on behalf of Mike Knuble when the Caps’ captain perceived that his linemate had been the victim of a borderline hit from Columbus defenseman Nick Holden. Ovechkin’s efforst earned him a double-minor for roughing.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s pre-season or not,” declares Ovechkin. “We have to stay together as a team. Hockey is a physical game. They want to show their character. They’re a pretty good team and a young team, so they want to prove something.”

Biting The Hand That Once Fed Them – Two of the Blue Jackets’ three goals on the night came off the sticks of former Capitals. Center Kyle Wilson beat former Hershey teammate Michal Neuvirth with a shorthanded wrist shot at 2:02 of the second period. Ex-Caps captain Chris Clark supplied the assist on Wilson’s goal, setting him up after picking Ovechkin’s pocket.

At 4:12 of the third, Clark deflected a Rostislav Klesla point shot past Neuvirth during a Columbus power play to even the score at 3-3.

Bubble Guys – The forwards still in competition for an opening night roster spot acquitted themselves well in Friday’s game.

Andrew Gordon took a pair of minor penalties (one was a cheesy minor for unsportsmanlike conduct-diving) but also recorded four shots on goal in 12:10 of work. He spent a good deal of time in the offensive zone when he was on the ice.

Jay Beagle was often on the ice with Gordon. He logged 14:10 and two shots on goal but was just 4-for-13 (31%) in the face-off circle. Beagle skated 4:20 (second highest among all Caps forwards) while the Caps were a man down, and he was excellent in that role. None of the Jackets’ three goals was scored while he was on the ice.

Mathieu Perreault had a primary assist on the game-winner and was a creative force in the offensive zone for much of the game. He won eight of his dozen draws (67%).

Marcus Johansson was his usual speedy and cerebral self. He collected an assist and was plus-2 on the night, but failed to win any of his 10 face-offs.

No-Hitter? – According to the official stats sheet, the Caps went the entire third period without administering a single hit. The Blue Jackets were credited with a 6-0 advantage in hits in the final frame. The two teams each finished with 16 hits on the night.

Down On The Farm – The AHL Hershey Bears opened up their pre-season slate with a visit to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night. The Baby Pens came away with a 4-3 shootout win.

Brian Willsie, Kyle Greentree and Zach Miskovic scored the regulation goals for the Bears.

The two teams head back to Hershey for a Saturday night rematch at Giant Center. The Bears then host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday to close out a three-in-three pre-season weekend.

Hershey opens its regular season schedule next weekend with a Saturday night game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton followed by a trip to Rochester for a Sunday skirmish with the Americans.

By The Numbers – Karl Alzner led the Caps with three blocked shots on the night. John Moore and Mike Commodore each got in the way of three shots for the Jackets … Moore’s minus-3 was the worst mark of the game on either side … Fehr led all skaters on both teams with half a dozen shots on goal. He was his usual economic self, picking up a pair of goals and firing those six shots (plus one that missed and one that was blocked) in just 13:56 of work … Green led all skaters on both sides with 25:29 in ice time … Ovechkin was plus three with three assists.




scoring summary
1st Period
06:29
WSH
Eric Fehr (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Green (1), Marcus Johansson (1)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
00:23
WSH
PPG - Brooks Laich (1) Slapshot - ASST: Eric Fehr (1)
2 - 0 WSH
02:02
CBJ
SHG - Kyle Wilson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Clark (1)
2 - 1 WSH
14:03
CBJ
PPG - Nick Holden (1) Wrist shot - ASST: David Savard (1), Mike Blunden (1)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
01:11
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (1), Mike Green (2)
3 - 2 WSH
04:12
CBJ
PPG - Chris Clark (1) Slapshot - ASST: Rostislav Klesla (1), Derek MacKenzie (1)
3 - 3 Tie
05:02
WSH
Eric Fehr (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mathieu Perreault (1), Alex Ovechkin (2)
4 - 3 WSH
19:07
WSH
EN - Alexander Semin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (3)
5 - 3 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
02:00
WSH
Tyler Sloan  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Nate Guenin
02:00
CBJ
Nate Guenin  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tyler Sloan
02:00
WSH
Tyler Sloan served by Eric Fehr  Roughing  - 2 min against  Nate Guenin
09:57
WSH
Andrew Gordon  Interference  - 2 min against  Chris Clark
09:57
CBJ
Chris Clark  Diving  - 2 min against  Andrew Gordon
13:32
WSH
Andrew Gordon  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Tom Sestito
2nd Period
00:13
CBJ
Mike Blunden  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Mike Green
00:13
CBJ
Mike Blunden  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Mike Green
06:11
WSH
Tom Poti  Tripping  - 2 min against  Tom Sestito
12:22
WSH
Tyler Sloan  Hooking  - 2 min against  Derek MacKenzie
3rd Period
02:27
WSH
Tyler Sloan  Interference  - 2 min against  Ben Guite
11:16
CBJ
Nick Holden  Interference  - 2 min against  Mike Knuble
11:16
WSH
Alex Ovechkin served by Eric Fehr  Roughing  - 2 min against  Nick Holden
11:16
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Roughing  - 2 min against  Nick Holden
12:05
WSH
Alexander Semin  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Mike Blunden
13:52
CBJ
Maksim Mayorov  Roughing  - 2 min against  Marcus Johansson
13:52
CBJ
Tom Sestito  Tripping  - 2 min against  John Erskine
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 37TOI: 59:44
GA: 4SV%: .892
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 26TOI: 59:59
GA: 3SV%: .885