The Chicago Blackhawks made history last night as they took on the Vancouver Canucks. The Blackhawks, who entered the game at 12-0-3, had registered a point in each of their first 15 games of the season which was just one game shy of the 16 game streak the Anaheim Ducks strung together in 2006-07. Chicago jumped out to a 3-1 lead led by two goals from Marian Hossa before he left with a head injury. Unfortunately with just under four minutes remaining, the Canucks beat Ray Emery twice to tie the game at 3 and send it to overtime. The Blackhawks would win in a shootout on a gorgeous Ray Emery save on Ryan Kesler. The Blackhawks tied the Ducks streak by recording a point in 16 straight games. They’ll look to break the record Friday night against the Sharks. More here.
The nation’s top team, Indiana, had a tough Big Ten battle last night as they headed to the Breslin Center in East Lansing to take on the No. 4 ranked Michigan State Spartans. Indiana showed a ton of consistency between the first and second half by scoring 36 points in each half. Solid defense in the first half held the Spartans to just 30 points which would end up costing Michigan State as the Hoosiers would go on to win 72-68. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo was playing with a sprained ankle but it didn’t show as he had 19 points and nine rebounds to pace to top ranked Hoosiers. More here.
The New York Jets need to cut some salary yesterday as they were roughly $25 million over the cap. They released veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith, and tackle Jason Smith. The moves clear $30.7 of cap space and gives the Jets about $5.7 million worth of cap space so far this offseason. The Jets were forced to get under the salary cap before the start of the new league year on March 12th. More here.