The Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-0, on Thursday night at the Verizon Center in Washington.
This loss Blue Jackets’ first since Nov. 26 in a shootout against the Florida Panthers. The Blue Jackets were trying to match the Pittsburgh Penguins’ NHL record for most consecutive wins in a single season at 17, which they made in the 1992-93 season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ 16-game winning crusade propelled a team that critics expected to finish last in their division to the top of the National Hockey League. As a result, the team has gained international respect for the way it played.
Blue Jackets’ have outscored their contenders 58-26 during this run, with a power play that was clicking at staggering 35.1-percent in their past 11 games. Moreover, their goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky (RUS) had won 14 straight games, sporting a 1.64 GAA and a .941 save percentage.
In the game against the Capitals, the Jackets’ couldn’t get a puck past goaltender Braden Holtby (29 saves). They ended up 0-for-5 on the power play and saw Bobrovsky called in the third period after losing the fifth goal.
The Capitals scored their first goal at 5:06 into the game as Daniel Winnik scored his 6th of the season. John Carlson added a second goal at 11:32 in the first period. Further, it was the seventh time that the Jackets trailed after the first period, and the 12th time they allowed the first goal this season in 37 games.
For the Capitals, it’s an important victory. Their fourth win in a concession, nearing to within two points of the New York Rangers for third in the division. Also, getting close to within five points of the Jackets.
For the Blue Jackets, it’s a disaster on many levels. First, they miss out on matching an NHL record. Second, they miss out on a chance to set a new record at home against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Further, in the process, they have lost the opportunity to appear on national television, as NBCSN was set to cover the game with the Rangers.
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