For the third time in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be heading to the NHL playoffs. Their 4-1 win on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils may have been a little unusual, but it got the job done.
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With two penalty shots, a shorthanded goal and an empty net, the Blue Jackets had an amazing win, rounding out an awesome season. After ending last year as one of the worst teams in the NHL, they are now tied with the Washington Capitals for Best Record, reaching the 100-point mark for the first time ever in the history of CBJ.
After the game, Coach John Tortorella shared his excitement for the playoffs with reporters. “To me it’s just- It’s the start of the road. You work that hard throughout the year, the amount of games you have to play… It gives you an opportunity to start your, your journey I guess,” said Tortorella. As far as his thoughts on the team, he thinks they should be proud. “I’m thrilled. They should feel really good about themselves. They’ve done a great job up to this point.”
It was a big day for the Jackets, the win, the playoffs, and the 100-point record. But they still managed to get one more positive out of this Sunday afternoon meet-up. This is only the third time in NHL history that a team has scored 2 penalty shots in one game.
Brandon Dubinsky was happy to be the many to score that second goal. “I mean I’m just happy it went in the net you know, because obviously if I missed the guys would have been harassing me,” he told reporters after the win.
The Blue Jackets have 11 games left in the regular season and fans can catch 6 of those games downtown at Nationwide Arena. If you missed the match, check out some highlights below.
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