Blue Jackets lose again
The Columbus Blue Jackets could not halt their recent slide on Tuesday when they lost 3-2 to the visiting Washington Capitals at the Nationwide Arena.
David Savard and Brandon Dubinsky were on target for the hosts and the game seemed to be heading to an extra frame before Nicklas Backstrom scored his 12th of the year, this one with under a minute to play in regulation, to give the Capitals both points.
Now tied for fifth with the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division, the Blue Jackets currently occupy the final playoff place in the Eastern Conference. Columbus are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games having fallen to the Minnesota Wild, the San Jose Sharks, the Islanders and now the Capitals after the All-Star break. The Blue Jackets complete their home and home series with the return against Washington at the Capital One Arena on Friday before hosting the New Jersey Devils over the weekend.
The Capitals meanwhile lead the Division by four points over the Pittsburgh Penguins despite having played two less games than the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Washington, 11/1 to win the Stanley Cup, are 4-4-2 over their past 10 games and indeed only the Penguins in the Division have played well recently.
Tuesday saw the emotional return of Marc-Andre Fleury to Pittsburgh when the Vegas Golden Knights visited the PPG Paints Arena. The former Penguins netminder was well feted by the Pittsburgh crowd but could not complete a fairytale return as Vegas fell 5-4.
The Penguins now head for Dallas to open a two-game road swing that will also take in the St Louis Blues.
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