Found April 29, 2013 on
Puck Drunk Love:
The Columbus Blue Jackets fell just short of a spot in the 2013 NHL playoffs. How close were they? As close as you can be without actually clinching a spot. The Blue Jackets ended the year with a 24-17-7 record and 55 points, matching the Minnesota Wild's total. Minnesota held the tiebreaker by having a larger number of wins in regulation and overtime, giving them the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
While there's bound to be disappointment in Columbus, fans should celebrate over the miraculous comeback the Blue Jackets had after a disastrous start to the season. More importantly, the team is in a much better spot now than they were a year or two ago, which should have fans optimistic for 2013-14.
Heading into the 2013 season, countless writers, analysts and fans predicted that the Blue Jackets would finish somewhere near the basement of the Western Conference. Be honest - you probably did too. Even the most optimistic of Columbus supporters knew tha...
BEST OF MAXIM
NHLTags: Anthony StolarzColumbus Blue JacketsLondon KnightsPortland WinterhawksSergei BobrovskyIt’s difficult to look back at the trade of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets and not stir a little.
Bobrovsky is the frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy, the annual award bestowed upon the best goaltender of the regular...
In the Columbus Blue Jackets final game of the regular season and a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the line, Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky did everything in his power to keep their season alive. Bobrovsky made seven saves in a matter of a few seconds in order to keep the game at tied at 0-0 and secured his spot as a Vezina Trophy Finalist. There was complete chaos...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
The Blue Jackets finished one point out of the playoffs. Former GM Scott Howson's rule did not come back to bite them; they would have lost out to the Wild in the previous tie-breaker scenario (total wins), too.
But this one stings. It stings for many because of the way this team played: so tough, so resilient, so full of passion...
Many players eliminated from playoff contention will head to Europe in order to compete in the World Championships, which begin May 3rd. Former Ranger and current Columbus Blue Jackets forward, Marian Gaborik, will not be one of them.
Gaborik did not pass his end-of-the-year medical examination with the Blue Jackets and therefore will not compete for Slovakia, according to Slovakia...
Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left and the Columbus Blue Jackets capped a remarkable turnaround with a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
But despite that win, Columbus was eliminated from the playoff race when the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche later on Saturday to earn the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Todd Richards got up on Sunday morning and the sun didn't come out. He wasn't surprised.
"In a lot of different ways it was raining," the Columbus Blue Jackets' coach said.
A day after barely missing the playoffs, Columbus players, management and coaching staff were pleased with their strong finish while distraught they didn't accomplish...
Photo Credit: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images
It was a “must win” situation for the Columbus Blue Jackets with a chance to get into the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the line. When it came in their final divisional match-up against a team that has walked all over them since their inception, they made it count.
Brandon Dubinsky scored a goal and an assist while stellar netminder Sergei Bobrovsky...