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It’s The Playoffs And You Know What That Means For The Washington Capitals

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

It’s never easy this time of year. It’s some combination of mesmerizing and nauseating, particularly around here. The out-of-town scoreboard from the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday night showed Boston throttling Toronto, 5-1, Tampa Bay easing past New Jersey, 5-2. A night earlier, Pittsburgh showed its disdain for Philadelphia, 7-0.

What must that be like? Why can’t we live that way, in a world in which turning your eyes from the ice doesn’t feel like it might be life-changing? Can’t the Capitals, for once, allow those who file into Capital One Arena each spring to exhale, sip a beer, smile and enjoy a laugher?

No. Not here. Here, we have to endure everything that Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to Columbus represents. Here, leads of 2-0 and 3-2 evaporate like water on sauna coals. 

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GIF- Josh Anderson Five For Boarding And A Game

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The Season Turned Around For The Columbus Blue Jackets On Trade Deadline Day

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

The turning point was the trade deadline.

That’s when the Blue Jackets’ season that had been mired in mediocrity was steered out of the muck. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen did some subtle, deft maneuvering — or in simpler terms, “one hell of a job,” coach John Tortorella said.

In three separate trades over two days, Kekalainen acquired three veteran players in the final year of their contract: forwards Thomas Vanek and Mark Letestu, and defenseman Ian Cole. He gave up relatively little — a fourth-round pick this year, a third-round pick in 2020, a player the team had just waived (Jussi Jokinen), and two AHL prospects (Tyler Motte and Nick Moutrey).

Since those roster reinforcements, the Jackets have lost a total of three games.

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Seven Unanswered Goals For The Columbus Blue Jacket In Win Over The Edmonton Oilers

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets showed the swagger Tuesday that coach John Tortorella hoped would still be there after their 10-game winning streak was snapped Saturday.

Smacked in the mouth by the Edmonton Oilers in the opening 10-plus minutes, and staggering, the Jackets charged back with an improbable, spectacular response — seven unanswered goals. By the first intermission, they had erased a three-goal deficit. By the second intermission, they had a three-goal lead.

Right wing Thomas Vanek had already notched his 11th career hat trick by then, and the Jackets were on their way to a 7-3 win at Rogers Place to start this crucial three-game western Canada trip.

“We showed a lot of character to get a big two points,” Vanek said.

“It’s a hell of a win for us to bounce back,” said center Alexander Wennberg, who had two assists and finished with a single-game franchise record plus-6 rating.

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Video- A Four Goal Night For Anze Kopitar

from Jessi McDonald at LA Kings Insider,

Anze Kopitar, on where tonight ranks on his list of best games:

Yeah, I mean it’s definitely up there. I just felt all night that the puck was kind of following me around and you really want to make the most of it really. You know, I got a couple of scoring opportunities and you really want to cash in. And I guess it worked out for me tonight.

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Winning Streak Hits 10 For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Craig Merz at NHL.com,

Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves for the Columbus Blue Jackets in their 10th straight win, 4-0 against the Florida Panthers at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

Columbus (42-28-5) is third in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers and behind the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins because it has played one more game....

"It was one of our most complete games," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "The first period they were fast. We gave them too much ice in the neutral zone that allowed them to generate speed."

Florida (37-28-7) failed to pass the New Jersey Devils for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Panthers are one point behind having played one fewer game.

"We've been a good team all year facing adversity and bouncing back after a game like this" Florida coach Bob Boughner said.

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Morning Line- Justin Bourne

 

In his last two full seasons with Columbus, Karlsson played in 162 game, 15 goals and 45 points combined.

This year with the VGK, 39 goales and 65 points.

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The Slumping Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

They overcame a 10-game winless streak and the loss of their top two goalies to injuries.

Now they have to overcome a March skid that has knocked them out of first place and made fans uneasy about whether they will even make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The misery continued Thursday night at the Wells Cargo Center.

Columbus 5, Flyers 3.

The Flyers lost for the seventh time in eight March games, and they fell into a tie for third place with Columbus in the Metro....

The Flyers swarmed Bobrovsky over the next few shifts, but Atkinson made it 4-2 by beating Petr Mrazek with a right-circle blast with 16 minutes, 37 seconds left in the second.

Goodbye, momentum.

Goodbye, Mrazek, who allowed four goals on 10 shots and continued to come up small. Since winning his first three games with the Flyers, Mrazek has just one victory in his last seven starts.

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Afternoon Line- John Tortorella

“Some guys see the light at the end of the tunnel and say, ‘You know what? If we don’t get it in, I’m done. We’re done in a few weeks here, It happens with athletes that it’s been a long year and they just want to get away. They haven’t had a good year or there’s been some struggles ... and they just want it to end. That happens with athletes in all sports.”

“There are probably a few players that are saying, ‘Man, I’ve had a s--- year. (Tortorella) has been on me.’ It’s been hard. We’ve got to grind through this after being in last year with 11 games left. It’s hard for some people. To me, it’s giving in. But I think for most in that room, they want to accept this challenge.”

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets after today's morning skate.  Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch has more.

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Video- John Tortorella Admits He Was Wrong In Exchange With Alex Ovechkin

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

 After Columbus forward Matt Calvert was ejected for butt-ending Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin at the end of the first period, cameras caught Ovechkin and Blue Jackets Coach John Tortorella exchanging pleasantries in front of the Columbus bench before the second period.

After the game, Ovechkin seemed to laugh off the exchange. “We just talk about: ‘How’s everything? What’s going on?’ He’s a nice guy,” Ovechkin said with a grin.

But Tortorella expressed some regret over the incident.

“That’s my fault,” Tortorella said. “I thought he dove, and I signaled to him. I thought he dove, and he took exception. I have no business making any gesture or saying anything to a player. So that’s not on him. That’s just stupidity on my part.”

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Tortorella talks about it in his press confernece, scorll to the 6:40 mark.

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