Thursday night the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 in the shootout on Russian heritage night in arguably the most important game of the season to-date (for both teams). The Caps generally kept the pressure on, and Sergei Bobrovsky asserted himself as a true Vezina contender. On the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby was equally stellar, with a save-of-the-year candidate on Boone Jenner. In the end, TJ Oshie continues to be money in the shootout, and Holts stood tall at the other end, giving the Caps the win.
Overall, this was the most shots the Caps have put on net all season at 45. It was important that they make a statement against the Jackets, and statistically they did. The Caps had an absurd 89 shot attempts on the board (in all situations) to 48 by the Jackets. Five-on-five shot attempts were 74 to 35.