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Foligno, Umberger key Columbus’ dramatic OT win

Apr 16, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets stayed in the playoff hunt with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

Their formula seems to be set: Sergei Bobrovsky remained the constant force with a revolving set of other heroes giving the team yet another victory despite a tiny margin of error. In this case, Nick Foligno (OT winner) and R.J. Umberger (late game-tying goal) were the ones who made the difference.

Want to take a look at those exciting goals? First, here’s Foligno’s winner, which came with about 30 seconds left in OT:

One could say that Umberger’s 3-3 tally was of the get-you-out-of-your-seat variety, too:

That’s almost as exciting as a trip to Vegas, eh?

Here’s how the race for the West’s eight seed looks after Monday:

8. Detroit (idle tonight): 20-15-7 for 47 points with six games left
9. Columbus: 20-16-7 for 47 points with five games left
10. Dallas (lost 5-2 to Chicago): 21-18-3 for 45 points with six games left
11. Phoenix: 18-16-7 for 43 points with six games left*

It won’t be easy for the Blue Jackets. Their next four games are on the road as they face the three California teams and then fellow fringe competitor Dallas (then they finish at home against Nashville).

After all that’s happened, are you really willing to count Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets out, though?

* – The Coyotes currently trail the San Jose Sharks 3-0, so that could change from 43 to 44 or 45 points with five games left depending on the outcome.

  1. polegojim - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Avs D strikes again… behind plays… out of position on goals 3 and 4… slow to respond.

    Avs O… excellent fight and aggressiveness.

    Schizo Avalanche look like a playoff team for most of the game… then fold.

    Columbus… played decently, but not great, and benefited from Avs D failure.

  2. nyrnashty - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Avs announcer is a homer!

    • kellanmarr - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Of course he is. All the home-team announcers are paid by the home team to announce home-team games for the home-team fans, and at least one of the pair is normally an ex-home-team player. Duh.

  3. jhuck92 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    I really hope Columbus gets that 8th seed. It’s been tough seeing that team mired in mediocrity for so long, especially after they fired their GM last year and missed hosting the all-star game because of the lockout.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    ^^^^ikr, but then again I don’t want the red wings to miss the playoffs:/

  5. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    There is also the possibility that both the Wings and Jackets make it. I would like to see that scenario. Blues are a point ahead of the Wings and Wild only 2 ahead. The problem for Columbus is that thier ROW is much less than any of the above teams, will not win the tie breaker if it comes to that.

    • jeffchadwick - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Was about to say the same thing. Recent articles keep detailing the race for the 8th spot as someone and the Wings, but the Blues and the Wild aren’t exactly out of the woods here.

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