WASHINGTON — The Columbus Blue Jackets will not be part of NHL history.
Instead, they’ll fall one win short of the longest streak in NHL history after a 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Thursday night, snapping a 16-game win streak. Their first loss since Nov. 26 means the Blue Jackets won’t equal the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins’ record that reached 17 games.
The attention paid to the Blue Jackets at Game 37 has been unlike anything customary at this point of an 82-game regular season. Both teams had extra motivation, and the media descended on Washington like it was a playoff game.
Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said the run had extra meaning for him, too.
“I just addressed the team,” Tortorella said. “I usually don’t go in the room — win or lose. All year long I haven’t been there. I’d be remiss if I didn’t. That is one helluva run by a hockey team. They should feel really good about it.”
Tortorella cited two factors critical to sustaining success to this level — goaltending and…