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Doing the unimaginable: Blue Jackets extend point streak to 12 games

Mar 22, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

It started back on Feb. 26.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, thanks to a dominant 5-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames Friday evening, have now gone 12 games without a regulation defeat. Nine of those games have been decided either in overtime or the shootout.

Yes. The Columbus Blue Jackets. No, that isn’t a typo.

A three-goal outburst from the Blue Jackets in the second period turned what was, at the time, a 1-1 hockey game into a commanding 4-1 Columbus lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

And the folks at the Nationwide Arena showed their appreciation, giving the Blue Jackets a standing ovation for the final minute of the game, according to a tweet from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

The Blue Jackets’ Central Division foes, the Chicago Blackhawks, already had an impressive streak to begin the season, going the first 24 games without a regulation loss.


  1. csilojohnson - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Awesome for the BJs. They are one win and one Detroit loss from moving up. Good stuff. They want their damn All Star game Bettman.

  2. bensawesomeness - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Credit where credit’s due, well done Columbus.

  3. hockinj25 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    They still only have 9 regulation+OT wins, tied for 2nd fewest and they have a terrible road record. Let’s not get too excited yet.

    • upyourstodd - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      when a team that has been a doormat for years and hasnt won a playoff game in franchise history is on the verge of a playoff spot, its a feel good story. Regardless of how they’re winning or losing, what they are doing given the circumstances is impressive.

  4. Stiller43 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Rangers and BJs are both 9th in their respective conferences with 32 points each. Take that, Rick Nash.

  5. lordfletcher - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    there is nothing better right now than seeing Columbus ahead of Edmonton in the standings!!!

    such a treat

  6. tdrusher225 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Imagine if they make the playoffs and NYR doesn’t. Sucks to be Rick Nash.

  7. colonelfancy - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    The LA Kings were the 8th seed last year and destroyed the top 3 teams in the West last year. Could this be…..? (2001 theme swelling in the background)

  8. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Said it in the other thread but I’ll say it again: Who said March Madness was just for college basketball???? Everyone loves a Cinderella story.

    This season is everything I thought it would be and more. Aside from Calgary and Florida, essentially every team has been in a possible playoff position sometime during this year. As soon as the Hawks streak ended, the Pens and BJs started streaking. To most people’s surprise, the BJs streak IS NOT a losing streak. All Original 6 teams might make the playoffs for the first time in almost 20 years. The Rangers, the standout SC favorites, might be the ones that prevent it from happening. Luongo is a savior. Luongo lets in 8 goals. The 2 best hockey markets in the world are back. The Ovi/Crosby debate has been unanimously declared a closed case. Tim Thomas gets traded but also decides he wants to still play next season, probably, maybe not, possibly he will? Nobody knows. Erik Karlsson is still tied for third most goals among defenseman and he hasn’t played since the beginning of February. Ryan Miller decides the Sabres are enemy #1. There is an outcry after an artist details Bryz’s star wars mask the wrong color in the midst of a Russian meteor shower he goes on the radio to comment on. The Staals wear visors. Jonathan Toews gets in a fight. MAF has a better S% than Quick, Smith, Rinne, Hiller, Halak, Elliot, and Miller. Wait, who are Moulson and Kadri? Brodeur has more goals this season than 200+ current NHL players. Selanne recalls that time he scored 132 points and won rookie of the year the same year his linemates Palmieri and Holland celebrated their second birthdays. They say they don’t believe him so he starts the season on a pace to do it again. It’s just been a great, memorable season! Exactly what was needed after the lockout! I love it!!!

  9. ray2013 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    So Howson’s team waited for him to leave before they put together. Tanking! Lol

  10. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Meanwhile, Tampa can’t go more than 2 wins in a row without imploding again. Columbus is a great example of just how far good goaltending and team defense can take a team. There are a lot of teams out there, my Lightning included, that could learn a heck of a lot from watching this team play.

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