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.
After the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets Sunday, Barry Trotz took to the media to voice his displeasure about Nick Foligno’s embellishment in the third period. If you remember, Nick Backstrom took a penalty for high sticking (even though it wasn’t) in the third period which then ultimately lead to the Blue Jackets’s last-minute, game-winning goal.
Monday, because there is a Just And Loving God, Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella was given his chance to respond. It’s exactly what you would expect from hockey’s most cuddly coach.
The Caps played Columbus in a game that started at 12:30, which may not be your morning, but it’s mine. The action on the ice resembled nap time more than a hockey game.
First came a deflected wrister that trickled through Bob’s five hole from noted Corsi-gamer Nicklas Backstrom. That was all we had after one frame. Nick Foligno wrapped a shot off of John Carlson’s skate past Braden Holtby on the power play to tie the game at 1-1. Alex Ovechkin made it 2-1 on a power play one-timer after a fantastic feed from Backstrom and that’s how the 2nd period ended. Brandon Dubinsky scored 14 seconds into the 3rd to make it 2-2. Alex Wennberg scored with under a minute to give Columbus a 3-2 win.
Blue Jackets beat Caps 3-2. I can go back to sleep now.
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