Columbus and Minnesota extend win streaks 28 Dec 16

UNDATED (AP) — NHL coach John Tortorella (tohr-tah-REH’-luh) has won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning and gone to the conference finals with the Rangers. Now, he has the Columbus Blue Jackets within four victories of tying the longest winning streak in league history.

The Jackets coughed up a 3-0 lead at home before Nick Foligno (foh-LEE’-noh) scored a power-play goal midway through the third period to send Columbus to its 13th straight win, 4-3 over Boston. The Jackets appeared poised for a rout once Scott Hartnell, Seth Jones and Matt Calvert beat Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask 10 minutes into the first period. Columbus eventually secured the victory by killing off a late power play and blanking the Bruins after they pulled Rask for an extra attacker.

It’s the fourth-longest winning streak in NHL history, one behind the Bruins’ 14-game run in 1929-30. The 1992-93 Penguins won a league-best 17 straight in 1992-93, 11 years after the Islanders reeled off 15 in a row.

Columbus sits atop the entire league standings with 52 points, one season after finishing last in the Metropolitan Division.

The NHL’s other double-digit winning streak goes on as well after Minnesota beat Nashville 3-2 on Jared Spurgeon’s goal 2:46 into overtime. Zach Parise and Chris Stewart also scored as the Wild extended their franchise-best winning streak to 11 games and pulled within one point of the Central Division-leading Blackhawks.