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Gustav Nyquist Out 5-6 Months After Shoulder Surgery

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Gustav Nyquist underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a labral tear of his left shoulder and is expected to make a full recovery in five to six months, Blue Jackets General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Anthony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic.

"This was a chronic issue that Gus has been dealing with for a number of seasons," said Kekalainen. "He has been able to perform at a high level, but a cyst in the area developed over time that has inhibited his ability to continue to do so. As a result, surgery was the best course of action and we look forward to having him back at full strength this season."

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Montreal/Columbus Trade

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Decision Time For Columbus On Alexander Wennberg

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

A recent report says the Blue Jackets are mulling whether to buy out the final three years of Alexander Wennberg’s contract. This, only three years after Wennberg put up 59 points and looked like a top-six center, for which the Jackets have always been desperate. Now, Wennberg looks like an expensive No. 3.

While the Jackets don't want to eat any contract, they also have to consider every path to upgrade their roster during these strange times. Creativity is imperative in the COVID-19 era, which has strapped team finances and flattened the league’s salary cap. Most general managers are working off the floor, rather than the ceiling, of the cap. They're treading water....

Kekalainen on Sunday would not comment on the report in The Athletic, where the possibility of a Wennberg buyout was floated. Per the collective bargaining agreement, the Jackets could buy out Wennberg by giving him one-third of the remaining value this year — and it would cost the team two-thirds to buy him out next year. That's the nut of it.

Think of it this way: If Kekalainen can line up a major deal to acquire a top-six center, or an elite scoring winger, then he has to do something to clear cap space. Maybe he has to buy out Wennberg.

"Ownership remains supportive (of spending to improve), but we also realize we have to be careful where and how we spend until things return to normal," Kekalainen said.

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Video- John Tortorella, Exit Stage Left

Two questions and he is done.

 

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Advance To Round 1 Of The Playoffs After Defeating The Toronto Maple Leafs

They will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Four out of seven is now the format for the rest of the playoffs.

Final score was Columbus 3 Toronto 0 .

The game winning goal is below.

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John Tortorella Before Game 5 Tonight

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Win Or Go Home

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

Sunday night the Leafs and Blue Jackets will play Game 5, and at the end of it one of them will be done. And after a season in which Toronto’s talent wasn’t enough to avoid having to play this game, in which they made the same mistakes over and over again, and in which they saved themselves, what do the Toronto Maple Leafs deserve?

It’s hard to say, really. All you can say is they’re going to get it, either way.

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Video- John Tortorella Post-Game

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Video- If You Were Watching The Toronto/Columbus Game

And said game over with Columbus up 3-0 with 4 minutes left in the 3rd.

The Leafs just won in OT to force a game 5 but not before scoring 3 goals in just over 3 1/2 minutes, all with their goie pulled.

 

 

OT goal is below.

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No Offense For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Kristen Shilton of TSN,

Despite the Leafs having weeks to get ready for the suffocating forecheck and physical play that Columbus brings, when it came down to it, Toronto just couldn’t find its way. There were some stretches of sustained pressure in the offensive end, but the Blue Jackets did well keeping the Leafs off-kilter in the neutral zone and forcing them into turnovers.

“[The Blue Jackets] did what they do best and what we were prepared for,” said head coach Sheldon Keefe. “We knew it was going to be difficult. Now we're out on the ice and you feel it. We didn't get one to fall for us here today. I thought we did have some chances to get more than what we got on the scoreboard but it didn't fall in for us, it fell in for them and that's the difference.”

Keefe gave his top forwards every opportunity to break through, playing Auston Matthews a team-high 24:38. On a line with William Nylander and Zach Hyman, Matthews had many of the Leafs’ best chances, including one off the crossbar behind Korpisalo, but the Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones and Zach Werenski stymied Matthews with their patented tight-checking defence.

“I don't think they did anything to surprise us,” Matthews said. “I think they really play a pretty straightforward game and you know what you can expect every night. They're going to compete, they're going to play physical. I thought we did some good things, and there's some things we can clean up. But obviously we have to create some offence, get guys inside and capitalize on some opportunities.”

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Game highlights are below.

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