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Blue Jackets 4, Capitals 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Mike Vogel  - WashingtonCaps.com Senior Writer

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Blue Jackets 4, Capitals 3, OT
Washington Capitals 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 4
A late rally enabled the Washington Capitals to draw even with the host Columbus Blue Jackets in Wednesday’s NHL pre-season game a Nationwide Arena, but the Caps ultimately absorbed a 4-3 overtime setback.

Ex-Capital Alexandre Giroux bit the hand that once fed him with a game-winning power play strike in overtime, a one-timer from the right circle that flew past Caps goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Washington got on the board first when Jeff Halpern’s intended centering feed bounced off Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason and dribbled into the cage at 12:42 of the first.

The Jackets answered back less than a minute later when first-year pro Cam Atkinson took a feed from Columbus captain Rick Nash and beat Caps goalie Braden Holtby in a one-on-one situation.

With 4:05 remaining in the middle frame, Columbus went on top on a shorthanded strike from Maksim Mayorov. R.J. Umberger fed Mayorov perfectly on a 2-on-1 rush, and the freshman forward chipped the puck up and over Holtby to enable the Jackets to take a 2-1 lead into the room for the second intermission.

Grubauer took over in goal for Holtby in the third, a move Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said he planned on making only if Washington trailed going into the third.

Columbus defenseman David Savard nicked Grubauer for a goal at 7:37 of the third to put the home team up 3-1. Savard’s one-timer from center point bled through Grubauer and trickled into the net behind him.

Washington’s late surge first bore fruit at 17:34 when Mathieu Perreault carved his way into the attack zone and flipped a perfect feed to Andrew Carroll, playing in his first NHL pre-season contest. Carroll fired the puck past Mason to draw Washington within one.

Boudreau pulled Grubauer and called his timeout in the game’s penultimate minute. Halpern won a face-off at the opposing line and helped get the puck deep in the Columbus zone. Joel Ward collected it behind the cage, and found Roman Hamrlik with time and space just above the left circle. The veteran Czech blueliner let loose of a blast that beat Mason to the short side and  evened the score at 3-3 with just 1:03 remaining in regulation.

Caps defenseman Jeff Schultz was detected for holding a minute into the extra session, and Giroux’s game-winner came with 24 seconds left on the Schultz call.

Washington travels to Chicago on Friday where it will face the Blackhawks at United Center.

Letterman – Ex-Blue Jacket Jason Chimera wore the captain’s “C” for the Wednesday game in Columbus. Roman Hamrlik and Matt Hendricks each sported the alternate captains’ “A.”

Nearly a year ago (Sept. 22), Hendricks was in camp on a tryout agreement. He traveled with the Caps to Columbus hoping to open some eyes and did so with a flourish. Playing on a line with Marcus Johansson and Andrew Gordon, Hendricks notched a hat trick that night in a 6-2 Washington win over the Jackets and went a long way toward cementing an opening night roster spot for himself.

A year later in the same barn, Hendricks is wearing a letter and is set to start a two-year contract with the Caps in 2011-12.

The Cutting Edge – Prior to their Wednesday afternoon departure for Ohio’s capital city, the Capitals made a series of roster parings.

Goaltender Brandon Anderson and forward Stanislav Galiev were returned to their respective junior hockey teams in the CHL.

Nine players were assigned directly to Hershey’s AHL training camp: defensemen Paul Baier, Phil Oreskovic and Dustin Stevenson and forwards David deKastrozza, Boyd Kane, Maxime Lacroix, Graham Mink, Garrett Mitchell and Danick Paquette.

Three more players were assigned to Hershey, but must first clear waivers: defenseman Zach Miskovic and forwards Francois Bouchard and Kyle Greentree.

By The Numbers – Halpern and Mattias Sjogren were each 11-for 17 (65%) from the face-off circle on the night. The Caps won 36 of 60 (60%) draws in the game … Dennis Wideman and Chris Bourque paced the Caps with four shots on goal each … Wideman led all skaters on both sides with 27:32 in ice time. Hamrlik’s 5:44 in power play ice time paced all skaters on both sides … Halpern rolled up 3:03 in shorthanded ice time to pace the Capitals … Washington outhit Columbus 26-16 on the night, with Christian Hanson leading the way with five hits … Washington outshot the Jackets 30-24 on the night and 12-3 in the first frame.
scoring summary
1st Period
12:42
WSH
Jeff Halpern (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay Beagle (1), Roman Hamrlik (1)
1 - 0 WSH
13:25
CBJ
Cam Atkinson (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Rick Nash (1), David Savard (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
15:55
CBJ
SHG - Maksim Mayorov (1) Wrist shot - ASST: R.J. Umberger (1), Theo Ruth (1)
2 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
07:37
CBJ
David Savard (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Maksim Mayorov (1), Jared Boll (1)
3 - 1 CBJ
17:34
WSH
Andrew Carroll (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mathieu Perreault (1), Dennis Wideman (1)
3 - 2 CBJ
18:57
WSH
Roman Hamrlik (1) Slapshot - ASST: Joel Ward (1), Jeff Halpern (1)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:36
CBJ
PPG - Alexandre Giroux (1) Slapshot - ASST: Fedor Tyutin (1), Nick Holden (1)
4 - 3 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
01:07
CBJ
Jeff Carter  Boarding  - 2 min against  John Carlson
09:26
WSH
Joel Rechlicz  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jared Boll
09:26
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Joel Rechlicz
18:40
WSH
Joel Rechlicz  Roughing  - 2 min against  Derick Brassard
19:31
WSH
Jay Beagle  Hooking  - 2 min against  David Savard
2nd Period
04:37
CBJ
Adam Payerl served by Petr Straka  Roughing  - 2 min against  Matt Hendricks
04:37
CBJ
Adam Payerl  Roughing  - 2 min against  Matt Hendricks
04:37
WSH
Matt Hendricks  Roughing  - 2 min against  Adam Payerl
12:03
WSH
Julien Brouillette  Hooking  - 2 min against  Cam Atkinson
15:40
CBJ
Adam Payerl  Delay of game  - 2 min
3rd Period
06:55
CBJ
Theo Ruth  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Andrew Carroll
06:55
WSH
Andrew Carroll  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Theo Ruth
14:25
CBJ
Andrew Joudrey  Slashing  - 2 min against  Mathieu Perreault
OT Period
01:00
WSH
Jeff Schultz  Hooking  - 2 min against  Rick Nash
goalie stats
Philipp Grubauer
SA: 10TOI: 22:01
GA: 2SV%: .800
Braden Holtby
SA: 14TOI: 40:00
GA: 2SV%: .857
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
SA: 30TOI: 62:32
GA: 3SV%: .900