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Columbus at Washington

Torres, Umberger power Jackets to OT win; Caps' Ovechkin injured

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WASHINGTON -- Both times the Columbus Blue Jackets fell behind in the third period, Raffi Torres bailed them out.

Torres' second goal of the period with 23 seconds left sent the game to overtime and R.J. Umberger scored his second of the game 1:45 into the extra period to lift the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.

"He stepped up for sure," Columbus' Rick Nash said of Torres. "That first one was huge. Good battle down low, good wrap-around."

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin left the game with an injury in the second period, and his teammates tried to use his absence for motivation in the third period.

"It was kind of a rallying cry," said Quintin Laing, who scored his first goal of the season in the third. "We wanted to prove this team isn't about one guy, it's about a team, and we wanted to show people we can come back."

Columbus led 2-1 going into the final period, but fell behind after Brooks Laich scored twice in a span of 2:08 midway through the third. Torres answered Laich's two goals by tying the game at 3 with a wraparound at 13:36.

Laing regained the lead for Washington with 3:26 left in the third, but Torres tied it again in the final minute.

"I thought we played a pretty good third," Capitals center Brendan Morrison said. "We rallied and did a lot of good things offensively, and then we just go and shoot ourselves in the foot. It is frustrating because it was a game we should have won."

Ovechkin was involved in a shoving match in front of the Blue Jackets bench barely a minute into the second period. A few minutes later, Ovechkin was tangled up with Columbus' Raffi Torres and fell to the ice. After he got up, he grimaced and gingerly skated off the ice, heading straight to the locker room.

After the game, Ovechkin declined to comment on the nature of the injury, other than calling it "upper body."

"I can't tell you how I got hurt," he said. "It's day to day."

Nash scored the Blue Jackets' first goal at the five-minute mark of the second period. He sped past defenseman Mike Green and then put a move on goalie Jose Theodore for his seventh goal in seven career games against Washington.

Nash also had two assists. He set up Umberger's overtime winner, and had a hand in a fluke play that led to Umberger's first goal.

On a power play, Nash dumped the puck into the Capitals zone down the right side. As Theodore went behind the net to play the puck, it appeared to bounce off a seam in the boards back in front of the goal and Umberger put it into the empty net.

"It's a big win, but we've still got a lot of work to do," Nash said. "When we play on the road, we can't be taking too many penalties. We made some defensive errors when the game was tied. Just got to sharpen up those areas."

Ovechkin missed all of the late action after leaving the game at the 6:10 mark of the second period, but he was in the middle of things as the second period started.

During a break in play barely a minute into the period, Ovechkin was bumped by Columbus left wing Jason Chimera and Ovechkin responded with a shove and players from both teams skated over to the scrum. Ovechkin, Chimera and Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll all received minors for roughing, and Boll was also issued a misconduct.

Ovechkin downplayed the incident afterward.

"It was just a moment of the game," Ovechkin said. "Nothing happened. He just hit me, I hit him, there was a little battle there, nothing happened."

Chimera said the scuffle was a result of a hard hit by Ovechkin earlier in the game.

"He kind of throw a punch at me, and then Boller kind of got into it and it was a mess. I hope he's all right," Chimera said. "There was no intent to hurt somebody out there. He just hit me pretty hard that one shift, so I just let him know 'You're not going to hit me like that all game,' so I pushed him a bit, he punched me back in the face, and a couple shifts later he's off the ice, so I hope he's all right."

NOTES

  • Laing returned after missing three games with swine flue. RW Eric Fehr (sore ribs) sat out for the fourth game in a row.
  • Columbus shut out Washington in the team's two meetings last season.
  • Washington D Green extended his point streak to a career-best nine games with an assist on Laich's second goal.
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R.J. Umberger celebrates the winner as Caps goalie Jose Theodore obviously is bummed.  (Getty Images)
R.J. Umberger celebrates the winner as Caps goalie Jose Theodore obviously is bummed. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Columbus  (7-5-1) «02215
Washington (8-2-4)10304
Three Stars
R. Torres
CLB


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Nash
CLB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
B. Laich
WAS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:13Nicklas Backstrom (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Fleischmann, Semin
2ND PERIOD
05:03Rick Nash (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Tyutin, Chimera
19:01Power Play - R.J. Umberger (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Nash, Stralman
3RD PERIOD
08:15Power Play - Brooks Laich (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Poti, Semin
10:23Brooks Laich (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Morrison, Green
13:36Raffi Torres (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Chimera, Pahlsson
16:34Quintin Laing (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Steckel, Bradley
19:37Raffi Torres (5), Tip-In. Assist: Brassard, Voracek
OT
01:45Power Play - R.J. Umberger (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nash, Voracek
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:03Klesla, 2 min, Slashing
16:08Pahlsson, 2 min, Hooking
16:43Ovechkin, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
01:11Ovechkin, 2 min, Roughing
01:11Boll, 2 min, Roughing
01:11Chimera, 2 min, Roughing
01:11Boll, 10 min, Misconduct
06:10Schultz, 2 min, Holding
18:29Knuble, 2 min, Slashing
19:30Klesla, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
02:50Steckel, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
07:11Commodore, 2 min, Cross-Checking
17:36Knuble, 2 min, Slashing
OT
01:33Pothier, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
 123T
Columbus1181130
Washington13111236
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Mathieu Garon 1:3100
Steve Mason59:34324
Jose Theodore 61:26275
Game Information
Attendance - 18277
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Mike Leggo
Linesmen - Tony Sericolo, Thor Nelson
 
Other Games
SJ 5 Final
Car 1
Bos 0 Final
NYR 1
Colo 0 Final
Van 3