Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/22/13
How is this happening? How have the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that was once the odds-on favorite to finish last in this lockout-impacted NHL season suddenly started looking like the team from the first (and classic) movie "Major League"? Does this group have the locker room equivalent of JoBu? No, and it wouldnt work anyway, as Pedro Cerrano found out after some intense introspection. This is most assuredly not about superstition or voodoo. This is about slowly, methodically and relentlessly developing a style of play that works. Its about cleaning things up in the defensive zone, having a goaltender thats playing like a true number one, and working hard each and every shift. Its been a sweet evolution of the teams style for Columbus forward Derek MacKenzie, who thrives on a defense-first brand of hockey and realizes good defense starts with reliable goaltending. I think weve eliminated so many of those little things in our defensive coverage, and its just been so nice to see ...
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