It had to end eventually.
Unfortunately for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, their franchise best winning streak ended at 16 games after a 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. It closes one win shy of matching the NHL record held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.
That’s quite a stretch of hockey for the Blue Jackets, who have played their way into first place in the Metropolitan Division. And the significance wasn’t lost on coach John Tortorella afterward.