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Nabokov shuts down suddenly struggling Blue Jackets

Mar 23, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

Evgeni Nabokov, Boone Jenner, Calvin de Haan, Nathan Horton AP

On paper, Sunday seemed like a great chance for the Columbus Blue Jackets to jump back into the wild card ranks against the New York Islanders. Instead, the “little rats” ran into a trap named Evgeni Nabokov who stopped all 41 of their shots, beating Columbus 2-0.

If this didn’t seem like an upset in a vacuum, consider the fact that this is only the second time the Blue Jackets have lost to the Islanders in regulation in their franchise history. The Columbus Dispatch’s Shawn Mitchell reports that they’re now 11-2-4 against the Isles and went 45 games without being shut out.

With this, the Blue Jackets have now lost three of their last four games, only managing two points in four important games.

Here is a look at their place in the East standings as of this moment:

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The Blue Jackets will root for a two-point game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New Jersey Devils tonight and face a big game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Columbus certainly isn’t out of this race, but losses like these could come back to haunt them.

It might mean more time for Putt-Putt, though.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Watched the game today. Boring. Isles have issues. Columbus sucked. Happy for the results. Let’s go Rangers!!! Did the Rangers beating Columbus Friday night kill their season???

  2. bleedrangerblue - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Hello is their anybody out there??!!

  3. flyboystransport - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Lookin more like Flyers/Rangers in the 1st round

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Thank you Isles! Now if only the Rangers would lose a couple games in a row.

    • barkar942 - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      How about Philly lose a couple in a row? That means the Rangers win Wednesday night!
      Just kidding. May the best team win!
      Watching Hockey Night Live last night- EJ Radick was saying how these two teams could meet up in the playoffs. His pick was the Rangers because of their goal tending. Said Mason unproven in the playoffs. Then again, so was Brad Leighton.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        *Michael Leighton. I wouldn’t mind a Rangers Flyers 1st round matchup, it would certainly be tough and exciting. In the past few years I would’ve dreaded the Rangers bc of their defensive system and the way Lundqvist shuts the door on us. But this year it’s been different. And if the Flyers keep winning (in games against the best in the league) then I’d be pretty confident in their first round abilities. This season Mason’s #s (30-16-6, 2.53GAA, .916sv%) are about the same as the King (28-22-4, 2.42GAA, .919sv%). The Flyers have more depth at forward and their best defensive unit in a few years (tho the Rangers D is still better). It’d be a great series and I’m biased but I’d take the Flyers.

      • barkar942 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Sounds like it has a great possibility as the opening series if they both keep winning. However- one has to lose Wednesday. The Rangers appear to have the flu bug circulating amongst the team now. That will really help matters!

      • barkar942 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        And yes- Michael Leighton. He disappeared so fast out of the NHL after that I couldn’t even remember his first name!

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