Blue Jackets' NHL win streak ends at 16 games

The surging Washington Capitals, whose record would now place them atop the Western Conference.

Washington had maintained that the main motivation for this game was gaining ground in the Metropolitan Division, as the Blue Jackets entered with a seven-point lead on the Capitals.

Washington now has 53 points after four straight wins, while Columbus remains at 58 points.

Washington - Alex Ovechkin scored 22 seconds into overtime and Washington rallied to end Toronto's winning streak at five. Sergei Bobrovsky started 14 of the 16 games and had a 1.64 goals against average and.941 save percentage during the streak.

Per, Bobrovsky saved 18 of 23 shots and was no match for his counterpart. Washington's Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots.

The Capitals got two goals from its bottom-six forward corps, as fourth-line winger Daniel Winnik started the scoring on a rebound just 5:06 after the puck dropped.

The Caps penalty killers were also on point again, this time killing all five Columbus power plays. The home team parlayed that momentum into another first-period goal when Marcus Johansson's pass deflected off Carlson's skate and into the net.

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Thomas Vanek scored twice and Detroit buried Los Angeles with a three-goal first period at Staples Center. Colin White tied it with about 13 minutes left in regulation before the two teams played a scoreless, 20-minute overtime. However, the goaltender turned them all away-including those that came on a power play-and protected the 2-0 lead. Leon Draisaitl and Lucic, the team's second- and third-leading scorers, combined for one shot.

Washington made it 2-0 midway through the period. This was the first game between these teams since a stunning blockbuster trade last June, when they swapped All-Star defensemen, with the Predators getting P.K. Subban.

Despite the loss, the streak ran the Blue Jackets' record to an incredible 27-5-4 (now 27-6-4 after the loss), and into first place in the Metropolitan Division, the most competitive division in the National Hockey League this season. Hours after giving the visitors some bulletin-board material, Burakovksy was one of several Capitals celebrating a goal in a dominant 5-0 win at Verizon Center that halted Columbus's bid for the record books.

Courtney Laughlin of CSN Mid-Atlantic praised the Capitals as they controlled the contest through the final period: "Wow". The division winners face the wild cards, while the teams that finish second in their division battle the team that finishes right behind them.

The Blue Jackets struck first when Atkinson scored 1:12 into the first power play of the night after Jesse Puljujarvi was called for holding Jack Johnson. First, their injury list has some pretty significant players on it long-term. Columbus had an 11-6 advantage in shots for the period.

If there is one coach who will be able to shake his players back into form, it would seem Tortorella is that kind of guy.