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The Caps looked like they would be able to suffocate Columbus' offense, but the Blue Jackets stung back for the 2-1 overtime win.

How it happened: Nicklas Backstrom broke through in the second period, skating the puck into the offensive zone himself and firing a wrister that beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky thanks in part to a screen from the defenseman David Savard. Zach Werenski tied it with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period. It looked as if Backstrom put the Caps ahead late, but a coach's challenge for offsides took away the goal. In overtime, Cam Atkinson pulled the quick trigger off the face off to beat Philipp Grubauer just 37 seconds into overtime.

What it means: With the loss, the Caps are now losers of three of their last four games. The Caps were still able to earn a point, however, extending their point streak against Columbus to six. The Blue Jackets have now won six straight in Columbus.

Starting strong: The new offensive lines for the Caps were supposed to spark the offense. Instead, the team put together a solid defensive effort to help Philipp Grubauer. It was clear after the first period on Saturday that it was going to be a long day for the Caps. The Hurricanes generated 16 shots on net and two goals in the opening 20 minutes in what was a romp against Washington. The Caps had a much better start on Tuesday allowing only five shots and no goals. 

 

Not dogging it: Jay Beagle is not the best player on the Caps' roster, but he has been phenomenal for this team the last few days. He really thrives on the penalty kill and he did so again on Tuesday in the second period on the Blue Jackets' first power play opportunity. Beagle stole the puck from Brandon Dubinsky along the wall and found himself in a foot race with Ryan Murray. Beagle stayed on his feet after Murray went for the trip and even got a shot off on Bobrovsky while taking a hook from Dubinsky. Beagle didn't score, but he did draw the penalty and give the Caps their best opportunity of the game to that point.

Going off script: A motivated Caps team looking to make a statement and erase the memory of Saturday’s drubbing against the Hurricanes against the red-hot offense of Columbus looked like a recipe for a high-scoring affair. That was not the case. Backstrom did not open up the scoring until 15:43 into the second period. A Blue Jackets team that scored eight goals in their last game on Saturday were held to only one in regulation.

Still searching for answers: The new lines did not do the trick offensively as the Caps managed only one goal on the night with only 22 shots on goal.

Look ahead: The Caps have yet another quick turnaround as they return home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. That is the first of a five-game home stand that will also see Detroit, Columbus, St. Louis and Buffalo come to town.

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