Thursday, January 5, 2017
Tortorella: "I'm Proud of the Team"
The Columbus Blue Jackets had their winning streak snapped at 16 games in Washington tonight, losing 5-0 and falling one game short of the record that the Pittsburgh Penguins set in 1992-93. After the game head coach John Tortorella broke the game down and expressed pride in the Blue Jackets' streak. "That was one hell of a run by a hockey team," he said. "They should feel really good about it." The Blue Jackets still sit atop the NHL standings at 27-6-4, so there's a lot to feel good about in the Blue Jackets camp. "Not one game is going to deter how we feel about ourselves," Torts said. "It's an unforgiving league. We can't worry about what happened. We have to move by this right away." Through 37 game, Torts says he still doesn't really know who is team is. There's lots of hockey left to play, and lots to prove, he says. "I still don't know who we are," he said. "We have got to keep on playing. We're going to start to play within our division, probably the toughest division in hockey right now, playing a number of games there. We have a long ways to go now, to really define who we are." The Capitals got goals from five different players to improve to 24-9-5. Braden Holtby made 29 saves.