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Blue Jackets beat Capitals 3-2 in overtime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal at 4:41 of overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

With Jason Chimera in the penalty box for interference, Foligno put a slap shot from the right circle past goalie Braden Holtby to give the Blue Jackets their only lead of the game.

It was Foligno’s second goal of the game and team-high 13th of the season. Kevin Connauton also scored for Columbus.

Washington finished with a 41-23 advantage in shots, but Bobrovsky was the equalizer.

Eric Fehr and Troy Brouwer had goals for the Capitals, whose three-game winning streak ended.

After Brouwer deflected a shot by Matt Niskanen to put Washington up 2-1 at 9:20 of the third period, Columbus pulled even at 10:59 on a goal by Connauton.

Earlier in the period, Holtby kept the game tied when he snapped his glove shut around a close-in shot by Cam Atkinson.

The score was knotted at 1 in the second when Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski was called for slashing and roughing after using his stick to floor Washington’s Tom Wilson in front of the Columbus net.

Given four minutes with the extra man, the NHL’s second-ranked, power-play unit took seven shots on goal but couldn’t break the deadlock.

The Capitals outshot Columbus 28-10 over the first two periods, but at that point each team scored only once.

Washington went up 1-0 when Fehr deflected a shot by John Carlson past Bobrovsky for a power-play goal at 3:19 of the first period. It was the fourth straight game in which the Capitals scored in the opening four minutes, and the first time in five games Columbus failed to strike first.

The Blue Jackets managed only one shot over the first 15 minutes, but their third — a wrist shot by Foligno at 15:36 — found the back of the net.

Washington went 14 minutes without a shot before Alex Ovechkin tapped a weak attempt toward Bobrovsky at 9:17 of the second period.

NOTES: Capitals D Mike Green returned after missing seven games with an upper body injury. … Columbus C Brandon Dubinsky played in his 500th NHL game. … Blue Jackets C Boone Jenner’s career-high, four-game goal-scoring streak ended. … Washington lost for the first time in six games when scoring in the first five minutes.

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