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Eastern Conference playoff race: Blue Jackets shut out Flyers

Apr 3, 2014, 9:56 PM EDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets, for the moment, tightened their hold on the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference on Thursday.

Once again, goaltending came up huge for the Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves and Columbus recorded a 2-0 win over the Flyers to temporarily move three points up on the Toronto Maple Leafs – also in action against the Boston Bruins – for the second Wild Card spot.

The Blue Jackets also moved to within two points of the Flyers for third in the Metropolitan Division. This win for Columbus comes almost 24 hours after the Red Wings pulled off a come-from-behind victory over the Bruins.

  1. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Good job by the Jackets, hard team to beat. It looks like they know how to show up for a big games. Unlike some other teams, like the Caps.

    I hope Toronto wins too, I want Big (now super skinny) Ted to have no other choice, then to give GMGM his walking papers. With Oates following behind him.

    Never thought i would say that, but its the truth, sadly..

  2. bilbono - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    It was heartbreaking last year to see Columbus miss the postseason by a tiebreaker.

    Very proud of this team, even if they don’t make the playoffs!

  3. c9castine - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    flyers better be careful…

    • flyerspsu - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      They are making the playoffs, its just a matter of if they fall out of the 2-3 matchup into a wildcard spot which would actually be a better matchup if it were the pens rather than the rangers, but the bruins would be a brutal matchup

      • cheesesteak75 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Be careful what you wish for. The Penguins are getting healthy and the Flyers are cooling off. It’s not so much who you play, but more how you play.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        True, I was just saying by the odds there is a very small chance the flyers fall short of the playoffs and that its more of whether they fall to the wildcard which if they got the penguins would actually probably be a better matchup than the rags, not trying to be overly confident or anything like that

      • stakex - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        Well its never a good idea to declare “they are making the playoffs” until the math says they can’t miss them. If the Flyers were to go 2-4 over their last six games there is a small chance they could find themselves on the outside looking in as both Toronto, New Jersey, and Washington could in theory catch them. While its unlike the Flyers will go 2-4, and even more unlikely any of those other teams will win out…. stranger things have happened.

  4. President Charles Logan - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    dont just assume you can beat the pens in a playoff series just cause you’ve played them tough a few times this year , careful what you wish for , i mean afterall . the 3 certainties on life.. death, taxes and the flyers always choke in the playoffs

    • flyerspsu - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      I’m not assuming they’ll beat the pens, I just said it would be a better matchup than the rangers

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        personally i dont think either of the pa teams are going too far so …

      • flyerspsu - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        You are probably right about that

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        I think this is one of the strangest dynamics about the top of the Metro – across the last 2 or 3 seasons, the Rangers have done very well against the Flyers, the Flyers have done very well against the Pens, and the Pens have done very well against the Rangers…. just kind of weird.

  5. toiletclown - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Loving the way the flygirls are playing right now, they look terrible and disoriented. They won’t make the playoffs. Stamp it

    • coopjr - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:02 AM


    • thephillyfanclub - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Your logic is about as credible as your name.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM


  6. kastout11 - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    The Flyers were totally outplayed last night, and I think we saw how dangerous Columbus can be. Philly will make the playoffs and even though they have lost a few games lately, I don’t think they have cooled off. The only loss that I did not expect was last night, but they haven’t beaten Columbus in 3 tries this season. I don’t want any piece of Columbus or NY in the playoffs, although I think Philly can beat both of them. I think the more vulnerable opponent is Pittsburgh, although they have the most talent. They have been a very average team since Sochi. I know they are expecting players back, so they also could be very dangerous, although nobody knows how effective those guys will be when they come back. The Pens still will only have 2 lines that can score. Even though I would like to see Philly beat them, personally, I don’t see any team in the East beating Boston, .

  7. LampyB - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM


  8. cantstandstupid - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I was at the game and it was a frustrating thing to watch. Kudos to Columbus for showing up and playing a hard game. I’m kind of glad Bob got the shutout. He got the shaft too quickly when he was in Philly and it would have been nice to see him potentially grow with the organization. Columbus had a full court press on the Flyers for the majority of the game and it’s frustrating to see their inept ability to break that press. If there are 2 guys pressuring the puck, you have to be able to find the open guy and I feel this falls onto the coach. I could see it from my seats, so why can’t they see it from the bench? The entire team looked like they were skating in mud. Poor decisions were made on just about every pass. They could barely sustain any pressure because they were skating so poorly and Columbus did a great job keeping up the pressure. I think McGinn is a good player, I just don’t think he’s a good fit with Schenn and Simmonds. There is no chemistry and they don’t seem like they are on the same page. I hope the Flyers find their winnings ways before the playoffs start. Yesterday’s game was not very reassuring.

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