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Blue Jackets win in OT, move into 8th in the West

Apr 18, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

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If you looked at the NHL standings late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning – depending on where you live – and had to blink your eyes once or twice in disbelief, you’re probably not alone.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will wake up Thursday morning all alone in eighth place in the Western Conference. The Detroit Red Wings, who have not missed the playoffs since 1990, are now ninth and very much in danger of not qualifying for the post-season.

If the playoffs were to start tomorrow, the Blue Jackets, winners of five straight, would face the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. The post-season doesn’t start tomorrow, but it’s not that far away, either, and the Blue Jackets have made an amazing run from the dreary days of mediocrity to a possible playoff berth.

Making it to the post-season is something the Blue Jackets franchise has done only once in its history.

The Blue Jackets, thanks to a 3-2 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks and a Red Wings loss in Calgary on Wednesday, moved into sole possession of that eighth spot.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for Columbus.

The Blue Jackets, you’ll recall, began the month of March sitting 15th in the West and last out of the 30 teams in the entire NHL. Heck, back then they were five points behind the Flames, who occupied the 14th seed in the conference.

The organization fired their general manager, Scott Howson, in February and hired Jarmo Kekalainen as his replacement.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch also reported on Twitter that Nikita Nikitin has a “lower-body injury” and will be reassessed on Thursday.

  1. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    This one goes out to polegojim:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha….ha

  2. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    With everything Blue Jackets fans have endured over the last year (and several years), I’m hoping they grab a playoff spot at Detroit’s expense.

  3. northstarnic - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Jackets look hungry. Wings look tired. And then there’s the goaltending….

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Ducks, jackets…… Boring!!!!!!

  5. blastardo - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Good for them. They definitely deserve to make it to the playoffs. They owe it to Bobrovsky to get that 8th seed.

  6. mcmuskie79 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    In Bob we trust!

  7. jpelle82 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    50 pts gets you the 8th spot in the west…50 pts in the east gets you the 3rd seed. what a disparity, great work by columbus

  8. joeyashwi - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Good luck Bluejackets! Just please don’t knock my Wild out of the playoffs on your way in.

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