COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One night after wrapping up a difficult four-game Western trip in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals stumbled in a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena Thursday night.
The Capitals were on the road for just the third time since the all-star break (and returned home for one game) and second road contest in four nights. They are 1-1-1 in their first games of a five-game road trip.
Washington's 14th road loss of the season was one it did not want. The loss was its second in a row at home, the first time it has given back points to the Blue Jackets this season.
Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 34 shots and extended his franchise-record streak to 154 consecutive shots against the Capitals (and also broke his own club record, previously set in 2008, of 17 games without allowing a goal against Washington).
Vladislav Namestnikov beat his former Capitals teammates from the blue line midway through the first period and scored his second goal in as many games. Namestnikov has five goals in 11 games with Columbus since being acquired from Tampa Bay.
Dating back to their Olympic break, the Capitals have lost five of seven games.
Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski beat Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby off a scramble in front of the net with nine minutes left in the third period to score his second goal in two games and tie the game at 2-2. Werenski had not scored in the 12 games prior to his two goals against the Capitals this week. Holtby stopped 22 shots.
Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington, a native of Virginia Beach, scored the first of two goals for Columbus in the first period. Harrington found some space on the right boards and fired a shot past Holtby. Harrington was smiling on the bench when he celebrated his 17th goal of the season.
Backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, who played in four games for Washington earlier this season, stopped 29 shots.
Capitals forward Tom Wilson (hand) and defenseman Dmitry Orlov (shoulder) left the game early in the second period, but returned after a few shifts.
The Blue Jackets' latest victory pulled them within four points of the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Rangers.
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