Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/29/14 at 07:05 AM ET
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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