Caps End Blue Jackets’ Win Streak

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Posted January 5, 2017

Nate Schmidt scored his first goal of the season against Columbus on Thursday. (Caps Outsider)

The Caps pulled off what many teams in the NHL have been trying to do — beat the Columbus Blue Jackets.  The Blue Jackets were on a 16 game winning streak until the Caps put that to rest Thursday at Verizon Center.  If the Blue Jackets had won, they would have tied a 17 game winning streak held by the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1992-93 season, but that was not to be.  The Caps shut out head coach John Tortorella and his Blue Jackets, 5-0 .

Caps goals scored by Daniel Winnik and John Carlson in the first period set the scene for the win.  Goals scored by Nate Schmidt and Andre Burakovsky in the second added to the excitement and, at the end of two, the Caps led 4-0.  The assault continued in the third period with a goal scored by Justin Williams. Outstanding goaltending by Braden Holtby was the icing on the cake for the tasty win over a division rival.

“Sixteen is a fluke, seventeen would’ve been a streak,” John Carlson joked with reporters after the game.  “It’s really impressive what they’ve been able to do in terms of moving parts and different teams and different challenges within a season. To string that many along is really impressive.  They’re pacing everyone so it was important for us to keeping going in the right direction.  It was a really good start to inch a little bit closer.”