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Caps want Jackets scrutinized

WASHINGTON — John Tortorella had worried about Sunday's game, the first matinee for the Blue Jackets all season. He didn't want the Capitals to get off to a quick start.

The Capitals scored on Nicklas Backstrom's goal barely three minutes into the game. But the Blue Jackets didn't fold. They got a last-minute goal with Backstrom in the penalty box and escaped with their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the angry Capitals.

Backstrom was called for high-sticking forward Nick Foligno with 1:34 left, a penalty that the Capitals vehemently disputed.

"The league will look at that, and we have fines for that," coach Barry Trotz said, apparently referring to what he thought was embellishment by Foligno.

"If you see the replay, (Backstrom) doesn't really touch him, and his head pops up when (Backstrom's) stick is already on the way down. That's just a little disrespectful to the game."

Backstrom said he didn't touch Foligno. "It was really weird I got a penalty there," he said.

Columbus has its longest winning streak since it had nine straight from March 18-April 4, 2015.

Game highlights: Victor Rask got his eighth goal of the season, Noah Hanifin scored his first and the host Hurricanes beat the Jets 3-1 for their fourth straight win. … Vincent Trocheck had two assists and scored in the shootout, James Reimer made 33 saves and the Panthers got a 3-2 win over the host Rangers, who lost back-to-back games for the first time this season … Mikael Backlund scored the winner with less than eight minutes left and the Flames handed the Red Wings their fourth straight loss, 3-2.

Caps want Jackets scrutinized 11/20/16 [Last modified: Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:31pm]
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