With their victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night, the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their insane winning streak to 16 games. William Karlsson got the game-winning goal, recording his sixth of the year on the powerplay. Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno scored the other two goals for Columbus while Oscar Klefbom tallied the only goal for the Oilers. Sergei Bobrovsky collected the win along with a .955 save percentage while Cam Talbot took the loss, stopping 32 out of 35 shots for a .914 save percentage.
Now just one win away from tying the NHL record for longest winning streak, the Blue Jackets are by far the hottest team in the league. With an astonishing 58 points in only 36 games, the Blue Jackets sit in first place in the entire league. While this is impressive in itself, what’s really surprising is how remarkable of a turnaround it is for a club that had the fourth lowest amount of points just last season. Nobody expected the Blue Jackets to be anywhere near this good this year, surprising almost everyone with their dominance.
In what became the highest scoring game of the night, the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 and ended Toronto’s five-game winning streak. Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied a goal and three assists while Justin Willliams remained hot with a goal and two assists. Over his past five games, Williams has three goals and five assists.
Auston Matthews and James van Reimsdyk both registered two assists for the Leafs while Mitch Marner scored a goal and an assist. With his assist on Connor Brown’s goal, Zach Hyman extended his point streak to five games, tallying six assists in that span.
The Leafs may have surrendered six goals to the Capitals but they put up a good fight against a very strong team. This club has the offensive punch to contend with the best of them and it doesn’t seem like a lot of people notice just how close to a playoff spot the Leafs are. With 42 points, Toronto is only two points behind Boston for the third playoff spot in the Atlantic Division but have three games in hand on them. The Leafs have only played 37 games while the Bruins have already played in 40. With the fourth most goals in the entire league, Toronto is already making a strong case for a playoff spot this season and might just wind up making the cut.
The Montreal Canadiens managed to come back and beat the Nashville Predators in overtime last night by a score of 2-1. Unfortunately, P.K. Subban was unable to play in the match due to an upper-body injury and wasn’t able to play against his former team. However, Shea Weber got the opportunity to face the Predators and made the most of it, scoring the game-tying goal in the third period while also receiving a touching video tribute from the Predators.
Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal in overtime for his 16th goal of the season. Kevin Fiala tallied the only goal for the Nashville Predators, assisted by Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis.