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The Blue Jackets Let One Slip Away

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

This first-round series between the Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins has made for immensely compelling hockey. The Blue Jackets must exert their will to keep the Penguins from exerting their skill.

Last night, the Jackets had the Penguins tangled and frustrated for the better part of two periods before a delirious crowd of 19,148 in Nationwide Arena, which hosted its third-ever Stanley Cup playoff game, the first in five seasons.

But all of the Jackets’ good work came unraveled in a dizzying span of 2:13 of the third period, when the Penguins scored three goals to take a 4-3 lead and, eventually, a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Nationwide.

“I don’t think Game 4 can come fast enough for us,” Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said.

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phillyd's avatar

That goal at the end of the 2nd was their undoing. You could see it coming and they were just hanging on until the buzzer, like a fighter hoping for the bell.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/22/14 at 09:07 AM ET

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A

That thing fell apart fast.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/22/14 at 09:32 AM ET

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“Let it slip away” is not how I’d describe it.  If not for Bobrovsky it could’ve been much worse…

Posted by Jack McFly on 04/22/14 at 10:54 AM ET

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You could see it coming and they were just hanging on until the buzzer, like a fighter hoping for the bell.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/22/14 at 09:07 AM ET

It’s how Todd Richards coached his teams in MIN.  Trap happy, rope-a-dope, bend waaay backwards but don’t break, boring hockey.  No one since the Devils of the mid-Nineties has a team played a more dull brand of hockey than a Todd Richards coached team.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/22/14 at 11:41 AM ET

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It’s how Todd Richards coached his teams in MIN.  Trap happy, rope-a-dope, bend waaay backwards but don’t break, boring hockey.  No one since the Devils of the mid-Nineties has a team played a more dull brand of hockey than a Todd Richards coached team.

Jacques Lemaire is going to be hurt that you said that.  After all he did to keep hockey boring…

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/22/14 at 12:57 PM ET

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In retrospect that doesn’t make sense.  I was think Minny era Lemaire not NJ era.  Those Minnesota teams were quietly depressing as hell to watch play.  It was akin to the same era ducks, though in a different way.  Watching the game devolve right before our eyes.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/22/14 at 12:59 PM ET

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Yeah, I think you’re right, shane.  The Richards teams in MIN were AFTER the Lemaire years.  Still boring hockey.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/22/14 at 01:43 PM ET

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