‘Going to be a fun moment’ ending Columbus’ streak, says Burakovsky

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Tonight in Washington, the Columbus Blue Jackets will look to match the longest winning streak in NHL history — 17 games, set by Pittsburgh in ’92-93.

The Caps, meanwhile, will try to keep it from happening.

Heck, forward Andre Burakovsky is already predicting how good it will feel to put an end to it all.

“Obviously they’re on a huge winning streak right here,” Burakovsky said, per the Washington Times. “It’s going to be a fun moment for us to end.”

Burakovsky’s remarks aren’t much, but it is interesting he’s doing this kind of talking. The former first-round pick’s had a disappointing year, with just four goals through 34 games, and has been parked as a healthy scratch this season.

His remarks also stand out given what teammate T.J. Oshie said on Thursday.

“I think a lot of teams have wanted to break [Columbus’ streak] along the way,” Oshie explained, per the Washington Post. “So, we’re not going to be too focused about that. If the guys need that to motivate them, that’s fine.

“But I think right now, we’re getting our game going in a pretty positive direction, and we’re going to focus on that and hopefully that’ll be enough to break it.”

One thing aiding the Capitals’ cause? Verizon has been a difficult place to get results lately.

Washington is 6-1-1 in its last eight at home, with its lone regulation loss coming against Montreal on Dec. 17. The team also seemed to get a serious shot in the arm from Tuesday’s wild 6-5 OT win over the Leafs, in which the Caps came back from being down 2-1, 4-2 and 5-4.

Know what else the Caps did on Tuesday? They snapped Toronto’s winning streak. Sure, it only sat at five games, but it was a streak broken nonetheless.

Fight video: Flyers’ Manning vs. Penguins’ Gaunce

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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.

Dreading the work week? Watch this dog get ‘ice time’ with puck

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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’s out sick for Jets on Sunday

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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.

NHL schedules hearing for Micheal Haley’s sucker-punch on Calle Jarnkrok

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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.