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Capitals end Jackets' Streak

Friday, January 6, 2017


In the end it wasn't even close.  After winning 16 straight games, Columbus was denied a piece of the NHL's winning streak record by the Capitals.  Washington took a 1-0 lead just 5:06 minutes into the contest and went on to defeat Columbus 5-0.

 

That's Columbus' first loss since Nov. 26 and its first regulation loss since Nov. 23, which is also the last time Columbus was shutout.  On top of that, this is the largest margin the Blue Jackets have lost by all season and the most goals they've allowed in a single game since Nov. 10.

 

I've talked about Columbus a lot lately thanks to this streak, including this week's Fantasy Nuggets.  As I've said before, it will be interesting to see how the Blue Jackets respond to this loss.  They've had momentum on their side for so long that it might be challenging for them to bounce right back.  To some extent they don't necessarily have to bounce right back as they still have a commanding 27-6-4 record, but I suspect they'll want to in part to demonstrate that they can.

 

Columbus' streak has focused the league's attention on a team that usually doesn't get too much notice.  Now that the streak is over the national focus will likely dissipate, but the Blue Jackets remain at the top in the NHL's standings.  They might not maintain that hold, but they're capable of staying strong in the second half of the season with or without another huge streak.

 

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OILERS 4 BRUINS 3

 

Within the first four minutes of the game, Patrick Maroon had found the back of the net and gotten into a fight with Zdeno Chara, but that was just the beginning.  Maroon went on to record a hat trick last night.  That gives him 14 goals and 21 points in 40 games this season.

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored Edmonton's other goal, which also proved to be the game winner.  It was his eighth marker and 19th point in 40 contests.

 

Their efforts led to Tuukka Rask stopping just 21 of 25 shots.  That dropped Rask to a 19-9-3 record this season.  Not that it will come as a surprise, but the Bruins really do rely on him to limit the competition to two or fewer goals in order to win games as illustrated by Rask's 3-7-2 record in games where he's surrendered at least three goals.

 

Cam Talbot kicked out 33 of 36 shots to give him a 19-11-6 record.  In case you're wondering, Talbot's record in games where he's allowed at least three goals is now 6-9-3.

 

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist for Boston.  That gives him eight goals and 14 points in 38 contests this season.

 

CAPITALS 5 BLUE JACKETS 0

 

Braden Holtby earned turned aside 29 shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season.  He has a 17-8-4 record, 1.99 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 30 starts.

 

Cam Atkinson fired three shots on Holtby, but obviously couldn't get through.  IN the end, Atkinson had a minus-three rating Thursday night.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky was yanked from the contest after allowing five goals on 23 shots.  Curtis McElhinney stepped in early in the third period and saved the four shots he faced.   In addition to this being the end of Columbus' winning streak, Bobrovsky's own 14-game winning streak is now over.

 

Daniel Winnik scored the first and therefore game-winning goal.  It was his sixth marker and 10th point in 28 games.

 

John Carlson found the back of the net and registered an assist last night.  He has five goals and 22 points in 38 contests.

 

PREDATORS 6 LIGHTNING 1

 

Colton Sissons led the charge with a hat trick.  He had just seven goals in 78 career games before Thursday's contest.

 

Mike Fisher found the back of the net and registered an assist.  That gives him 11 goals and 22 points in 34 contests this season.

 

Pekka Rinne kicked out 27 of 28 shots last night.  It was his first win since Dec. 19 and improved his record to 14-10-6.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy faced just 18 shots, but only stopped 13 of them.  This is the second game in a row where he's allowed five goals.

 

Tyler Johnson scored the Lightning's lone marker.  It was his 12th goal and 24th point in 40 games.

 

HURRICANES 4 BLUES 2

 

Derek Ryan scored twice for Carolina.  That snapped a seven-game point drought.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko netted a power-play goal in the second period.  The Blues forward has 19 goals and 42 points in 39 games.

 

Jake Allen stopped 25 of 28 shots on Thursday.  He's now surrendered at least three goals in three of his last four starts.

 

Jordan Staal assisted on two of Carolina's four markers.  He has seven goals and 16 points in 31 contests in 2016-17.

 

Cam Ward saved 21 of 23 Blues shots.  He has a 14-11-6 record, 2.27 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 32 starts.

 

BLACKHAWKS 4 SABRES 3 (Overtime)

 

Ryan O'Reilly assisted on two of Buffalo's three goals.  Not bad given that he had an appendectomy less than two weeks ago.

 

Artem Anisimov scored twice for the Blackhawks.  He's up to 18 goals and 31 points in 37 contests in 2016-17.

 

Patrick Kane scored a goal and registered two assists.  That gives him 12 goals and 40 points in 41 games.

 

Corey Crawford stopped 17 of 20 shots on Thursday.  He picked up the win, but this is still the third time he's allowed three goals in the span of four starts.

 

Anders Nilsson saved 39 of 43 Blackhawks shots.  He has a 6-3-4 record, 2.47 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 13 contests.

 

RED WINGS 4 KINGS 0

 

Jared Coreau posted his first career shutout in his fifth NHL game by making 34 saves.  He has a 3-1-1 record, 2.75 GAA, and .913 save percentage.

 

Thomas Vanek scored two goals, including the game winner.  He has nine goals and 23 points in 28 contests in 2016-17.

 

Andreas Athanasiou scored a goal and registered two assists.  That gives him six goals and 10 points in 24 games.

 

Jeff Zatkoff only kicked out 18 of 22 shots.  He's struggled this season with a 2-6-1 record, 2.99 GAA, and .884 save percentage in 10 games.

 

Brayden McNabb led the Kings with six shots on goal.  Going into Thursday's contest he had just eight shots in 11 games this season.

 

WILD 5 SHARKS 4

 

The Sharks were up 2-0 and 4-2 in this game, but the Wild rallied back each time.  Ultimately Mikko Koivu was the hero for Minnesota as he scored the final two goals of the game in the third period.

 

Eric Staal scored two goals of his own and registered an assist for the Wild.  He has 13 goals and 33 points in 37 contests.

 

Martin Jones surrendered five goals on 26 shots.  This is the third straight game he's lost, dropping his record to 19-13-2.

 

Devan Dubnyk kicked out 30 of 34 Sharks shots.  He's having a great campaign, but he has now allowed four goals in each of his last three starts.

 

Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist Thursday night.  That gives him 11 goals and 18 points in 39 contests in 2016-17.



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