Well, all streaks have to come to an end but damn did this one end badly.
The Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0. Daniel Winnik scored his 6th goal of the season and John Carlson scored his 5th goal of the season. Then in the second period, Nate Schmidt scored his first goal of the season. Also, Andre Burakovsky scored his 5th goal of the season. Finally, in the third period, Justin Williams scored his 11th goal of the season to cap off the shutout. “I wanted to stop the streak,” said Williams, who scored his 10th goal in his past 23 games. “Who wouldn’t want to stop a streak? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it, for sure. And we did, pretty good game.
It seemed as if the Blue Jackets took the loss rather well. “We handled ourselves well throughout it,” winger Boone Jenner said. “It’s not like anything’s ending. It’s Game 37 right now and we just got a ways to go and what we want to get to.”
“We were hearing our win song after every game,” winger Scott Hartnell said. “We talked about it after the game. Obviously, that’s a disappointing loss to end it, but it had to come to an end.”
“I usually don’t go in the room, win or lose,” Tortorella said. “All year long, I haven’t been in there, but I’d be remiss, like I told them, if I didn’t. That is one hell of a run by a hockey team. They should feel really good about it.” Tortorella also made a point to tell his team that he was proud of them after the 5-0 loss. I’m sorry Torts but it’s pretty hard to be proud of a 5-0 loss.
The Blue Jackets face the Rangers on Saturday as they look to start a new winning streak.