Blue Jackets' win streak ends at 16 games with loss to Caps

Fri Jan 6, 2017 1:24am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Columbus Blue Jackets fell one game short of matching the National Hockey League record of 17 straight victories when they fell to the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Thursday.

After 16 straight wins, the Blue Jackets were never in the game as Washington goalie Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season.

The Capitals got goals from five different players, scoring two in the first period, another pair in the second and one more in the third as they preserved the record of 17 in a row set in 1993 by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Blue Jackets (27-6-4) had not lost since Nov. 26, when they were defeated in a shootout by the Florida Panthers.

Washington (24-9-5) took a 1-0 lead just over five minutes in and never looked back, getting a goal and an assist apiece from defensemen John Carlson and Nate Schmidt. Daniel Winnik, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams also scored, and Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists.

Williams made it 5-0 at 5:36 of the third when he fired over Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky's shoulder from a tough angle for his 11th goal.

Bobrovsky, who allowed five goals on 23 shots while looking to extend his personal winning streak to 15 games, was then lifted in favor of Curtis McElhinney.

Holtby bounced back from being pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots against Toronto on Tuesday to pick up his 27th career shutout.

The Blue Jackets' league-leading power-play unit was 0 for 5.   Continued...

 
Jan 5, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals players celebrate after their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 5-0. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports