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Blue Jackets set franchise record in SO loss to Hawks

Mar 15, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 14: Jack Johnson #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to push Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks off the puck during the second period on March 14, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Columbus Blue Jackets have gone nine games without a regulation loss after their 2-1 shootout defeat against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

While that might pale in comparison to Chicago’s 24-game points streak earlier this season, it’s still the best the Blue Jackets have ever done, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“Whether it’s our goaltender or us playing well as a team, we’re in games,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “We’re competing and battling. We’re getting a point, but we need two points.”

That’s been the problem with the Blue Jackets’ streak. While Chicago suffered just three one-point losses during their 24-game run, Columbus has only actually won five times in their last nine contests.

Their streak is still impressive, but they had already dug such a deep hole for themselves in the race for a playoffs spot, so those one-point defeats really aren’t sufficient for Columbus at this stage.

You can view highlights of the game below:

  1. steelers88 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Good for the Bluejackets!

  2. mcmurphy22 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I certainly would not mind seeing every hawks game go into shootouts just to watch Patty Kane. I’m sure hawks fans would rather that not happen, but a guy can dream.

  3. jpat2424 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Gonna miss guaranteed points from ya next year Columbus

  4. tfaltin - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    This already much improved defense gets to look forward to Ryan Murray soon too. If they can hit on the lottery and get MacKinnon they’re really in business going forward. As for this year, I think their offense can push the dial up a little bit to at least give Bob two goals to work with…

  5. watchfullhose - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    They won’t hit in the lottery. They’ve not hit the lottery for like 9 straight years, despite complete sucking all the time.

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