Another day, another win for the suddenly unstoppable Columbus Blue Jackets.
They extended their winning streak to 16 games on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers, and are now just one win away from tying the NHL record for the longest winning streak in league history, a mark that is currently owned by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Blue Jackets have a chance to match it on Tuesday against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
If they are able to win that game, they would have a chance to break the record on Saturday against the New York Rangers.
The Blue Jackets used an incredible special teams effort on Tuesday to keep the streak going that included a pair of power play goals from Cam Atkinson and William Karlsson, and a dominant penalty kill that not only shut down the Oilers’ power play, but also created a number of shorthanded opportunities.
The win not only extends the Blue Jackets’ winning streak, but it also extends their lead on top of the NHL standings and gives them 58 points in 36 games. They now have a three point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in two fewer games. After starting the season with a 2-3-1 record in their first six games Columbus has put together a 25-2-3 record in the 30 games that followed.
Along with the current winning streak, the Blue Jackets have now earned at least a point in 18 consecutive games, a stretch that has seen them go 17-0-1 dating back to Nov. 25. On that night they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning and then lost in a shootout to Florida the very next night. Three days later they beat Tampa Bay again to start their current winning streak.
They have outscored their opponents by a 64-27 margin during the streak.
More: The Blue Jackets now have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup
Breaking: the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers don’t like each other.
The stakes might be higher for the Penguins than the Flyers – aside from those who still believe Philly has a shot at a playoff run – their rivalry rarely subsides.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Sunday featured at least one fight, with Cameron Gaunce squaring off against Brandon Manning in a pretty spirited bout.
Manning isn’t shy about fighting, by the way; this was his seventh bout of the season, according to Hockey Fights.
Higher on the radar for the Penguins is the situation for Conor Sheary, who has been absent from the ice since about midway through the first period. PHT will keep an eye out for updates on what could be yet another injury for the health-challenged Pens.
Life is difficult, complex and confusing. Good thing we have dog videos.
Forgive this video being one night late, but for those of us who watch cute animal clips, time is a furry circle. Or something like that.
Anyway, this golden retriever got a little “ice time” before the Washington Capitals’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in what would end up being a 4-1 win for the Caps. It’s an excellent video featuring a top-notch, hilarious pooch.
Alternate joke: Now that is some puck retrieval.
Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews are locked with identical goals (34), assists (27) and points (61) on Sunday, which is remarkable since Laine has played in 67 games versus 75 for Matthews. He won’t get a chance to beef up his numbers on Sunday, either.
It looks like the high-scoring rookie is missing the Winnipeg Jets’ contest against the Vancouver Canucks because of an illness, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky.
The Jets are almost assured to miss the playoffs, so seeing Laine lose a chance to bolster his Calder argument adds a little extra sadness to the night.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a Monday hearing for San Jose Sharks tough guy Micheal Haley for his “roughing/sucker punch” on Calle Jarnkrok of the Nashville Predators.
The league didn’t specify if Haley will face a telephone or in-person hearing on Monday afternoon. They did, interestingly, use the phrase “sucker punch” in that official announcement.
Haley received a match penalty during the game. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was highly upset about the hit that inspired Haley’s actions.
“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” DeBoer told reporters.
In other bad news for the Sharks, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports that Logan Couture‘s situation isn’t looking promising after he was hurt on Sunday.