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“We unraveled,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said. “I think even after those first two goals, we started to go after them, but we weren’t good enough. We got what we deserved. I think the chances were there.”
Washington went up 1-0 early in the second period thanks to its top-ranked power play.
Columbus peppered Holtby for several minutes to no avail.
Washington added some insurance in the third when Erat stole a pass in the Columbus zone and fed Brouwer in front. Bobrovsky made a point-blank save, but Brouwer got the rebound, moved to his right and put the puck past the fallen goaltender at 4:20.
“They got that third (goal) and it just cracked us, I guess,” Blue Jackets RJ Umberger said. “We turned the puck over. They capitalized on their chances tonight and we didn’t.”
“As far as the third period, we’re letting each other down as far as our play in front of our goalie,” Richards said. “Disappointing the way the game ended.”
The Capitals controlled play for much of a scoreless first period, when Bobrovsky made 14 saves.
Columbus had an excellent chance when Ryan Johansen picked up a loose puck in the Washington zone midway through the period. He skated in alone on Holtby, but his shot hit the right post.
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