WASHINGTON – The Columbus Blue Jackets had their winning streak halted at 16 games Thursday night after they failed to score a single goal and were routed 5-0 by the Washington Capitals.
Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and the Capitals got goals from five different players as Columbus fell short of trying to match the NHL record of 17 straight victories, set in 1993 by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“That was one hell of a run by a hockey team. They should feel really good about it,” head coach John Tortorella said.
The Blue Jackets’ success this season is surprising because they finished last in the Metropolitan Division last season and then Tortorella proved to be a bust as the US coach in September at the World Cup of Hockey. The Americans failed to win a game, finishing seventh out of eight teams and many thought Tortorella might be finished as an NHL coach.
Oilers 4, Bruins 3
Patrick Maroon produced his first NHL hat trick and Edmonton spoiled Boston’s tribute to former Bruins player and coach Milt Schmidt, who died Wednesday.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers. David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Colin Miller scored for the Bruins.
Predators 6, Lightning 1
Colton Sissons registered his first career hat trick to lead Nashville over Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena.
Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots for Nashville as Ryan Ellis, Mike Fisher and Filip Forsberg also scored. Tyler Johnson scored on the power-play.
Hurricanes 4, Blues 2
Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal with 6:08 left in the third period to break a tie and lead Carolina over St. Louis.
In other games it was: Blackhawks 4, Sabres 3 (OT); Red Wings 4, Kings 0; Wild 5, Sharks 4. – Agencies