After a nice run on the road, the Washington Capitals had a bit of a letdown game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and they did it during our anniversary party, which was rude frankly.
Cam Atkinson scored first for the Blue Jackets, beating Braden Holtby on the near post. Ryan Murray was the beneficiary of Nick Jensen getting beat to make it 2-0 in the second period. Alex Ovechkin got a nasty backhander to crack the shutout in the third, but Columbus responded with two more goals — Nash and Bjorkstrand — to earn a 4-1 lead. Nicklas Backstrom in his big return, but Atkinson got the empty netter.
Caps lose 5-2.