With 12 minutes left in Thursday’s game, the Columbus Blue Jackets pulled their goalie in an act of desperation. Conor Sheary scored almost instantly, cementing a confident win for the Washington Capitals.
Anthony Mantha scored twice in the first period, set up for one by TJ Oshie and getting the second thanks to a lucky bounce off goalie Joonas Korpisalo’s skate. Marty Fehervary exploited a bad line change to make it 3-0 in the second period, but the Jackets struck back with a one-touch goal by Bjorkstrand. Alex Ovechkin scored his 38th of the season with a one-timer on the power play, then Patrik Laine had an unreal deflection early in the third. Connor McMichael got a break in the third period, getting credit for Columbus’s own-goal.
Columbus pulled the goalie with almost thirteen minutes left, so Conor Sheary scored an empty-netter basically immediately. Evgeny Kuznetsov got a power-play goal later in the third period.
Caps win 7-2.
Yup. It’s a Bailamos game.
Oshie's played three shifts this period. The last one was 19 seconds long. pic.twitter.com/MSJXJ8NKTU
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) March 18, 2022
A tie in honor of St Pattys Day, which I just checked and you can spell it however you want, no one cares, on @JoeBpXp #joebsuitofthenight pic.twitter.com/wrzbDG0x3s
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) March 17, 2022
We sorta watched Columbus’s season end tonight. They’ve gotta be like one percent to make the playoffs now.
Anyway, no time to gloat. The Caps have a very very tough game in Raleigh on Friday. And it looks like they’ll be down one player for it. Sorry for ending on a bummer note.
Headline photo: @Jencapsfan74
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