The Washington Capitals wanted nothing to do with being a part of the Blue Jackets' history on Thursday night, as they shut out Columbus, 5-0, to snap their 16-game win streak. The Blue Jackets fall one game short of the longest win streak in NHL history, which is held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. Sergei Bobrovsky struggled on the night, allowing five goals on 23 shots, as the Jackets lost for the first time since November 26th. Braden Holtby had 29 saves in the shutout, and got goals of support from Daniel Winnick, John Carlson, Nate Schmidt, Andre Burakovsky, and Justin Williams. Washington extends a win streak of their own to four games, as they are within five points of Columbus for first in the Metropolitan Division.
Rockets Hold Off Westbrook, Thunder
Russell Westbrook's 49-point effort was just not enough for the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road Thursday night, as they fell to the Houston Rockets, 118-116. Nene hit two clutch free throws with 0.7 seconds left to seal the win, as Houston won their sixth straight. James Harden finished with 26 points, while Nene finished with 18 points in his 12th double-digit scoring game of the year. He was fouled late by Jerami Grant, leading to the decisive free throws. The Thunder battled back from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to make it interesting late, but a late mistake on the defensive side of the ball haunted them on this night. Westbrook finished with eight three-pointers in the losing effort, a night after posting 32 points in a loss.
Kyle Korver Heading to the Cavs?
Rumors began to swirl on Thursday night that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks were deep into trade discussions involving Kyle Korver. Nothing has been finalized, but reports say that Korver could be heading to Cleveland for the likes of Mo Williams, Mike Dunleavy, and a 2019 first-round pick. Korver was very emotional about the topic following the Hawks' 99-94 win over the Pelicans, which the 14-year veteran watched from the bench. Discussions continue, as both sides are attempting to bring a third team into the mix to send Dunleavy to. Cleveland did send their 2017 first-round pick to Portland for their 2018 first-round pick.