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COLUMBUS Adidas Jonny Brodzinski Jersey , Ohio (AP) —Blue Jackets clinging to a 1-0 lead with less than five minutes left, the Washington Capitals finally started to make Sergei Bobrovsky work. The Columbus goalie was up to the task.Bobrovsky made 13 of his 20 saves in the third period, Nick Foligno got an insurance goal with 3:48 left and Artemi Panarin added an empty-netter with 10 seconds remaining in the Blue Jackets’ 3-0 win over Washington on Tuesday night.Bobrovsky — whose days in Columbus are probably numbered since he’s refused to re-sign with the club — got his 27th career shutout. The Blue Jackets won their fourth straight and remained in third place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind Washington.Columbus faces the division-leading New York Islanders on Thursday night after playing one of their most complete games of the season.“We played the right way tonight, our speed, our commitment to checking, our reloads,” Foligno said. “I just felt like everyone was in sync with how we were playing. A pretty dominating performance by our team against a really good team.”The Capitals were playing on the second night of a back-to-back after beating Los Angeles at home on Monday night and embarking on a season-long, six-game road trip.Bobrovsky didn’t have to work especially hard Adidas Peter Budaj Jersey , at least not until late in the game. His counterpart had a busier night. Braden Holtby had 29 saves and held off the Blue Jackets on four power plays, three in the first period, with a bunch of close calls.“There’s plenty of excuses that we could probably use, but we weren’t playing good enough for each other,” Capitals forward Tom Wilson said.“It kind of snowballs if every guy is a little bit of a step behind, you just can’t get anything going,” he said. “Starting in our end every time, we just kind of missed that momentum, that flow to the game that you need in these types of situations.”Anthony Duclair scored on an odd-man rush 6:32 into the second period Adidas Matt Read Jersey , snapping a shot in between Holtby’s pads from the left circle for his 11th goal of the season.The first period was scoreless, with Holtby surviving an aggressive Blue Jackets forecheck that resulted in 25 shot attempts, 11 of them on target. He made nice nearside saves on two shots by Cam Atkinson during Columbus’ first power play, and Foligno hit the post from close range late in the period.The Capitals didn’t get to double figures in shots on goal until more than halfway through the second period.“They looked a little sluggish in a back-to-back game, but it’s still a very good team,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “I loved our energy.”Bobrovsky didn’t plan to dwell on his third shutout of the season.“The day after tomorrow it’s the next game,” he said. “We’re going to enjoy tonight and have to be ready to work.”NOTES: Washington was shut out for the third time in 11 games. … Columbus F Brandon Dubinsky missed his fourth game with an injured hip. … Eric Robinson was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL on Monday and Mark Letestu was sent back down. … Atkinson became the sixth player to appear in 500 games with Columbus. Retired forward Rick Nash is the team’s franchise leader with 674 games played.UP NEXT:Washington: At San Jose on Thursday.Columbus: Hosts the New York Islanders on Thursday. Now that the Christmas break is over, the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks can focus on getting back in the win column.The Pacific Division rivals are each trying to avoid a fourth straight loss Thursday night at SAP Center. For the Sharks, the league’s three-day hiatus couldn’t have come at a better time.“I feel like our team’s running on fumes a little bit Adidas Matt Hendricks Jersey , the tank’s a little empty,” coach Peter DeBoer said after a 4-3 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. “We’ve had to dig deep the last two nights to find a way to scratch out a couple of points.”Article continues below ...The latest setback came after San Jose (19-12-7) dropped a 3-2 decision to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The Sharks opened their homestand with a 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 20.“All three of them, we should have collected points,” San Jose center Logan Couture said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a step backward. I’d say we weren’t at our best.”For Anaheim (19-14-5), the challenge isn’t just in ending its skid. The Ducks managed only two goals during their losing streak and went into the break with a 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.Ryan Getzlaf told the Orange County Register that the club didn’t finish the Eastern part of a season-high six straight games on the road strongly but also chose to look at the bigger picture.“The biggest message was that we’ve accomplished a lot in the last month and don’t let this derail us from what we want to accomplish,” he said. “Come back energized and ready to play again.”From Nov. 27 through Dec. 17, Anaheim scored 36 goals while winning nine of 10. Getzlaf, Ondrej Kase and Pontus Aberg each collected more than 10 points over that span.“If you look at the bulk of the work we’ve had the last month or so, there’s a lot of good things to build off Adidas Eric Fehr Jersey ,” defenseman Josh Manson told the Register. “I think we’re playing a good brand of hockey. Look at those games we were winning. What needs to change when we’re winning?“You don’t want to start picking your whole game apart because you lost three (straight).”Even with their respective slides, the Ducks and Sharks remain near the top of a tightly packed division.“This league, the margin of error is very small. The parity is very good regardless of the records and if you’re off a little bit, you’re going to have tough nights,” DeBoer said.One player Anaheim will not face in its first game back is Erik Karlsson, who is wrapping up a two-game suspension. The defenseman drew the first ban of his 10-year career for a check to the head of Los Angeles winger Austin Wagner on Saturday.Karlsson has an eight-game assist streak and collected 19 (two goals, 17 assists) of his 26 points this season since Nov. 13.However, this will be the 1,000th game for teammate and fellow blueliner Brent Burns. A two-time Norris Trophy winner and three-time 20-goal scorer Adidas Greg Pateryn Jersey , Burns leads San Jose with 31 assists and is second with 35 points.Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 111 goals and is second with 361 points, trailing only Karlsson.The Sharks and Ducks split the first two meetings this season since San Jose swept Anaheim in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.