Blue Jackets offense busting out in a big way

The ‘Bus keeps rollin’ as the Blue Jackets blow out the Capitals to become the NHL’s hottest team.

With Chicago ending Anaheim’s win streak at eight games, Columbus now holds the longest current stretch in the NHL, which it pushed to five with a convincing 5-1 victory over Washington Friday night.

“Ohio” and “offense” have rarely gone together since Columbus came into the league in 2000, but the Blue Jackets have been piling up the points as of late and they’ve been doing it primarily by filling net.

In 2014, Columbus is now 6-1-0, but since Dec. 21 the team is 9-3-0. Coach Todd Richards can’t be happy with the 32 goals his team has allowed over those 12 games, but he’s surely plenty pleased with the 42 his normally popgun offense has provided.

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Led in goals by Ryan Johansen (18) and Cam Atkinson (15), who each scored against the Capitals, the Jackets still don’t boast any big-name offensive threats. But their scoring-by-committee approach is keeping them in the mix in the resurgent Metropolitan Division.