The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to be one of the hottest teams in the NHL, and while they saw their five-game win streak come to an end against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, they extended their points streak to eight games. The Canucks prevailed in a shootout, with Roberto Luongo getting a win despite being outplayed most of the night by Sergei Bobrovsky at the other end of the ice. Bobrovsky made 37 saves, allowing just one goal in regulation, to the Canucks’ Jason Garrison.
By keeping the game tight with the Canucks, the Blue Jackets proved they could hang with yet another one of the NHL’s top teams. On their current streak, they have defeated the Detroit Red Wings twice, taken three points from two games against the Canucks, and nearly ended the Chicago Blackhawks record streak before suffering an overtime loss. Mark Letestu scored the lone goal for the team on Tuesday night and the defense was able to kill off both Vancouver power plays. Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets were not able to convert on either of their two chances and they are now 0-for-7 in their past two games.
The Blue Jackets get another shot at the Blackhawks on Thursday night, the second game of a five-game homestand that will also see the Blue Jackets host the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames. Other than Calgary, those are all teams sitting ahead of Columbus in the standings, providing the team with a chance to keep gaining ground towards a playoff spot.