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Blue Jackets’ Win Streak Hits 8

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

For all the little subplots, this was a big-picture game. It was critical, pre-break game against a divisional opponent. It put a thump in the standings.

The Jackets defeated the Flyers 5-2 in front of 15,571 at Nationwide Arena. With that, the Jackets (26-20-4) moved ahead of the Flyers (25-21-6) and into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

“We’re skating, we’re competing, we we’re blocking shots, we’re creating the offense off the forecheck,” said Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov, who had an assist and was one of 10 Jackets with at least one point tonight.

“The power play is huge. We have a talented group here. But we execute our gameplan first. We play defense first, and the offense come after. The top teams in the NHL, everybody plays their system. You do that, you can win 2-1 or you can win 5-2. We do the little things better. The sticks are in the right positions. We shoot the puck at the right time. We make the little plays.”

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alwaysaurie's avatar

I’ve been watching Columbus when I can all year, and they’ve really turned it around.

December was good, and getting both Horton and Bobrobski back has made January phenomenal.

Savard, Niskinin, Johnson and Wisniewski have made great progress, and Johansen is finally blossoming. I’d much rather see these folks make the playoffs than Philly or NYR.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/24/14 at 12:17 PM ET

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Agreed. That fanbase has gotten shit on since day 1 as a bad hockey market, but the team has been so dreadful without much sign of hope for so long, and run so poorly by inept management after inept management (MacLean to Howson may be the worst 1-2 GM combo in recent NHL history), that I could never blame the fans for being apathetic and staying away. They deserve a decent team for once.

Posted by Chris M on 01/24/14 at 12:43 PM ET

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I guess moving to the East was good for one team, at least…

Posted by Garth on 01/24/14 at 01:11 PM ET

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