The Washington Capitals trounced the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road on Thursday night. It wasn’t a pretty game, but it was a pretty good win.
Johnny Gaudreau had been slumping until the Caps made a half dozen mistakes on his path to scoring the game’s first goal. In the second, TJ Oshie tied the game with a one-timer on a loose puck, then Nicolas Aube-Kubel did a big solo effort to give Washington the lead. That lead lasted scarcely a minute before Gavin Bayreuther notched his first goal since May 2021, taking advantage of a failed zone exit by Milano and Jensen. Martin Fehervary legit headed a puck into the net, then Garnet Hathaway ended a heavy shift to give Washington a 4-2 lead after forty minutes.
Bayreuther got his second of the game in the third until it got called back. TJ Oshie actually scored his second of the night as Columbus disapparated while trying to clear their zone. Alex Ovechkin scored on a gorgeous one-timer to make it 6-2.