NHL News: Caps Cool Off Columbus. Streak Ends At 16

By Eric Antoine, Posted: 01/05/17 11:14PM EST
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 05: Members of the Washington Capitals celebrate a thrid period goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center on January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)(Photo : Getty Images Sport)

Well, the Blue Jackets finally ran out of steam on Thursday night, getting blown out by the Washington Capitals 5-0, ending their winning streak at 16 games, just one shy of the record set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Goalie  Sergei Bobrovsky was chased in the third period, for only the second time this season, and the Jackets lead leading power play unit went 0-5 on the night, as nothing seemed to work for a Columbus team that has gotten used to things going their way.

The Capitals have now won four straight and are now five points behind leaders Columbus in the extremely tight and competitive Metropolitan Division. The caps excited at the prospects of ending the Jackets streak, with Burakovsky saying before the game, ''It's going to be a really fun moment for us to end it.'' A fan at the game held a sign that read, ''Hey Blue Jackets, streaking is not allowed in here.''

Washington also got the best out of their reigning Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby, who had 29 saves for the shutout. The Caps also got production from all four of their lines, as  Daniel Winnik, John Carlson, Nate Schmidt, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams each contributed with a goal a piece.

Columbus coach Tortorella was looking forward to tying the record tonight, but added, ''It's not the end of the world if we don't. It's been a really good process for us to handle a little bit of scrutiny that we're not used to at certain times. This is all good.''

So the streak is over at 16. Columbus will now move on to face the division rival Rangers, who are going to be seeking revenge after getting steamrolled by the previously red hot Blue Jackets. The Caps take their winning streak to Ottawa.



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