The Washington Capitals knew that Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was important. With the Jackets nipping at the Caps’ heels in the standings, a win would have a big impact on playoff seeding. The Caps played appropriately: shoveling shot after shot on the Columbus net, but that’s not always enough.
The Caps had a ton of offense, but the game remained scoreless after two. That’s when Seth Jones delivered from the blue line to put the Blooj on the board. Dmitry Orlov did the same, scoring on his comrade Sergei Bobrovsky from the other blue line to tie it up.
Rego and overtime passed without a decision, so here come shootout bullets!
Caps beat Jackets 2-1 in the shootout!
Thursday evening the Washington Capitals will host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Y’all should probably buckle up because this is going to be a GOOD game. The Jackets will be fighting for two points to tie the Capitals in the standings. If they fail to get the win, a loser point will put them in a tie with Pittsburgh. And no, no this these aren’t just the division standings, these are the league standings. This further supports the idea that the current NHL playoff format is the most ridiculous set-up of all time.
Despite the fact that the two teams are performing almost identically, the Blue Jackets have a slight edge with their goalie Sergei Bobrovsky who leads the NHL in both save percentage (.931) and total wins (39).
Puck drop is just past 7 PM on CSN. Be thankful the game is at the Verizon Center with ZERO sign of that stupid cannon.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||47-17-8||52.7%||102.9||22.0% (6th)||83.8% (8th)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||47-19-6||51.3%||102.5||21.4% (8th)||82.6% (10th)|
While The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga is already planning a parade, Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had some interesting thoughts after his team’s 6-3 loss to the Capitals.
Two nights earlier, Detroit played another Metropolitan Division superpower, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Zetterberg was asked to compare the two teams.
The Washington Capitals won their eighth-straight game Friday night. Not only did the 6-0 victory vault Braden Holtby to the top of the shutouts leaderboard, it also pushed the Caps to first place in the Metropolitan Divsion and the entire NHL.
Thursday night, the Washington Capitals destroyed Columbus 5-0 at Verizon Center, ending the Blue Jackets’ winning streak at 16 games. While Columbus players and coaches were frustrated to miss out on history, no one took tonight’s loss harder than the Blue Jackets’ Twitter account.
DING DONG the streak is dead. The Blue Jackets came to town and were met very rudely by your Washington Capitals in their fancy home alternate jerseys. In a game that started with a playoff-like feel, your Caps had a chance to put an end to the biggest story of the NHL season so far. They did just that, stopping Columbus’ attempt to tie the NHL record of winning 17 games in a row set by the 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Caps came out strong, limiting the Blue Jackets to only one or two real chances and putting two goals past Sergei Bobrovsky. Daniel Winnik struck first, converging on a net front scramble and John Carlson deflected a Marcus Johansson pass off of his skate and past the Russian netminder to make the game 2-0.
In very Bachman–Turner Overdrive fashion, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” the Caps followed up a strong first period with an even better second. They doubled their lead with strikes coming from Nate Schmidt and Andre Burakovsky. 4-0 after two.
The Caps weren’t done there. In the third, Justin Williams would continue his hot streak with a top shelf dart to make it 5-0 and remove Sergei Bobrovsky from the game. Braden Holtby with the shutout, ho-hum. BAILAMOS!
Caps beat Blue Jackets 5-0!
This game is going to be lit. Not only is this a match-up of two elite NHL teams in the same division and two Vezina Trophy winning netminders, but there are also some serious stakes at hand. The Jackets come to town looking to tie the NHL’s longest win streak of 17 games and give themselves a shot at breaking the record set by the 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins. Caps and Jackets games are normally chippy so strap in.
7:00pm game time on CSN, friends.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||27-5-4||51.9%||103.5||28.3%||81.5%|
The Washington Capitals are currently on a four-game win streak and have a record of 17-7-3. You might expect them to be jumping out to a mondo Metropolitan Division lead just like they did last year. But as NHL.com reported Monday morning, the Metro division cumulatively went 17-1-0 last week, and the Caps gained no ground despite their win streak. They sit in fifth place in the division despite their solid record, although they have games in hand on everyone other than the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Philadelphia Flyers are on a nine-game win streak. The Penguins are 7-3-0 in their last ten and feature the league’s current leading goal-scorer in Sidney Crosby (20 goals in 22 games). The New York Rangers have a plus-35 goal differential, and the Blue Jackets are somehow plus-31. This is not last year’s Metro division.
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