The two hottest teams in the NHL right now just cannot be stopped, as they now inch closer to possible history. First, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, 5-3, for their 14th straight win. It is already their longest in franchise history, but they are now coming up on the NHL record of 17 wins in a row. That was set by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1992-93 season. Alexander Wennberg scored twice to lead the way on the road Thursday, as they pass the Penguins again for first place with 52 points.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild were involved in a wild one at home but hung on for a 6-4 win over the Islanders, their 12th consecutive victory. The streak is also a franchise record, as Erik Haula deflected in the game-winning goal in the third period. Marco Scandella, Chris Stewart, Jared Spurgeon, Jordan Schroeder, and Mikael Granlund also scored, while Devyn Dubnyk stopped 23 shots, despite allowing more than three goals for the first this season. Dubnyk has now won 10 in a row, and things will get interesting on Saturday, as the red-hot Wild take on the even more hot Blue Jackets in the first matchup in NHL history between two teams with such streaks.
Cavs Hang on Against Celtics
LeBron James called his effort on Thursday night "horrible", giving himself an F on the night, but his Cavaliers still hung on for a 124-118 win over the Celtics. Boston made things interesting in the fourth, battling back from an 18-point deficit. Kyrie Irving had 32 points, and made two key baskets late, before exiting with a leg injury. The Cavs led by as many as 20 in the game, as Kevin Love also made up for James' struggles with 30 points of his own. James finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists, but committed eight turnovers on the night.
Oklahoma State Cruises in Alamo Bowl
With a top-15 matchup between two high-scoring schools being featured in the Alamo Bowl, many college football experts expected a shootout Thursday night. Instead, only one offense found their groove, as No. 12 Oklahoma State rolled to a 38-8 win over No. 10 Colorado. Mason Rudolph threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys, who end the seaosn at an impressive 10-3, despite missing out on the Big 12 Title. James Washington caught nine passes for 171 yards, while OSU's defense held Colorado to just 318 total yards on the night. With both Rudolph and Washington announcing that they will be back for their senior seasons, we most likely saw the 2017 Big 12 favorites on display in San Antonio.