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The Future Looks Bright In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Down 4-0 through two periods last night, the Blue Jackets almost pulled off their third did-I-just-see-that? comeback of this Stanley Cup playoff series, scoring three goals in less than five minutes to set up a nervy finish. Ultimately the Penguins held on to win 4-3 and won the series four games to two.

But a soldout crowd of 19,189 in Nationwide Arena showed its appreciation by chanting CBJ! CBJ! CBJ! long after the final buzzer sounded and all through the ceremonial handshakes.

“This isn’t how anybody in this room wanted this to end,” Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said. “All 27 of us believed we could beat that team, and we still feel that way. I want to play them again tomrorow, but I know that’s not possible.

“We came a long way. We grew a lot as a team. We didn’t go anywhere near as far as we wanted to go, but I can say it and mean it: I’m proud of these guys, and I’m excited as (heck) for the future here.”

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Hootinani's avatar

Yes, they discovered that Fleury is a choker and Letang is playing like someone whos had a stroke.  Now if they could just play Pitt 82 games a season, and get Vezina level goaltending in everyone one of those games, they would have a great future indeed.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/29/14 at 07:44 AM ET

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Now if they could just play Pitt 82 games a season

Let’s not forget that they’ve made Detroit their bitch for 2 consecutive seasons also.

Posted by godblender on 04/29/14 at 08:14 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Now if they could just play Pitt 82 games a season, and get Vezina level goaltending in everyone one of those games, they would have a great future indeed.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/29/14 at 08:44 AM ET

All this talk about how close they were, and how much of a choker Flowers is, and they still only won 2 out of 6 games.

Posted by SK77 on 04/29/14 at 09:24 AM ET

Russian Rocket's avatar

Now if they could just play Pitt 82 games a season

Pittsburgh was 5-0 vs Columbus in the regular season.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 04/29/14 at 09:28 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Let’s not forget that they’ve made Detroit their bitch for 2 consecutive seasons also.
Posted by godblender on 04/29/14 at 09:14 AM ET

thats not saying much with the state the Wings were in, but Im still trying hard to forget.

All this talk about how close they were, and how much of a choker Flowers is, and they still only won 2 out of 6 games.
Posted by SK77 on 04/29/14 at 10:24 AM ET

Dont know if you watched that series, but Fleury’s continues to earn his reputation as a choker.  He tried really hard to give game 6 away, with a lot of help from the inept defense of Letang.  It was hilarious that everytime Douche Canoe tried to slobber all over Fleury, he would immediately let in another goal.

Pittsburgh was 5-0 vs Columbus in the regular season.
Posted by Russian Rocket on 04/29/14 at 10:28 AM ET

Sorry, forgot the sarcasm tag

Posted by Hootinani on 04/29/14 at 09:53 AM ET

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Dont know if you watched that series, but Fleury’s continues to earn his reputation as a choker. 

Posted by Hootinani on 04/29/14 at 10:53 AM ET

I did. That’s why I said “All this talk about how close they were, and how much of a choker Flowers is, and they still only won 2 out of 6 games.”

So I’m not exactly sure why Columbus’ press is extolling their virtues and how bright the future is when they couldn’t get it done against Flower & the Penguins.

Seeing as how Columbus has never made it out of the first round perhaps their press corps is unaware that the competition actually gets better as you progress?  wink

Posted by SK77 on 04/29/14 at 10:12 AM ET

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Columbus is a much better team than when they were swept out of the finals by Detroit in 09. They’re far from being a serious cup contender, but they’re not their usual awful selves. They’re trending in the right direction for the first time in franchise history. Of course Pittsburgh helped them look better than they actually are, but getting a new GM is paying off for Columbus.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/29/14 at 10:28 AM ET

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Pittsburgh helped them look better than they actually are, but getting a new GM is paying off for Columbus.

Agree with this.  I don’t want to sound out of touch, but it seems like the pens just get bored.  When they play up to their talent level and give an effort, you see games like last night where it is a blowout and the other team has nothing going at all.  But then you see the penguins just essentially quit playing.  They stop hitting.  They stop forchecking.  Sloppy line changes.  They stop playing all together.  Not sure how you fix it, but it has been going on for years.  Maybe a new coach that is strict on the players playing time for mistakes… no matter who makes them.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/29/14 at 10:58 AM ET

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They stop hitting.  They stop forchecking.  Sloppy line changes.  They stop playing all together.  Not sure how you fix it, but it has been going on for years. 

You talking Pens or Wings?

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/29/14 at 11:49 AM ET

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