The Hockey News - - The First Word -

For­get that both teams lost in the first round of the play­offs. Be­cause at one point, the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets and Min­nesota Wild were the two most un­stop­pable teams in the NHL. The ex­pan­sion cousins met up on New Year’s Eve at the height of their power, with Colum­bus rid­ing a 14-game win­ning streak and Min­nesota on a 12-game run. The Blue Jack­ets found suc­cess thanks to coach John Tor­torella’s pre-sea­son con­di­tion­ing reg­i­men, not to men­tion the sen­sa­tional play of rookie de­fense­man Zach Weren­ski and a re­turn to Vez­ina Tro­phy form from goalie Sergei Bo­brovsky. Mean­while, Min­nesota coun­tered with its own ace goalie in De­van Dub­nyk plus a new lease on life un­der coach Bruce Boudreau. In the end, Colum­bus took the show­down 4-2, with Cam Atkin­son lead­ing the charge with two goals. The Blue Jack­ets would make it to 16 straight wins, fall­ing one short of ty­ing the NHL record set by the 1992-93 Pitts­burgh Pen­guins. The Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals thumpedColum­bus 5-0 to end the run.

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