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After big win in Philly, Jackets need to keep their ‘foot on the pedal’

Apr 4, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

Braydon Coburn, Brandon Dubinsky, Blake Comeau AP

The attitude the Blue Jackets assumed when they got the lead last night in Philadelphia is the same one they need to keep with six games to go in their regular season.

“I like how we kept our foot on the pedal,” defenseman James Wisniewski said, per the Columbus Dispatch. “We played it smart, but we didn’t lay back and just defend the whole time. Our defense was active, and we supported each other. It wasn’t them just coming in wave after wave until something bad happens.”

The Jackets came away with a 2-0 victory, the franchise’s first ever in Philly. Tonight, they host Chicago with a chance to go three points up on idle Toronto, currently the team with the best chance to catch them for a playoff spot.

The Blackhawks — minus Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane — also played last night, beating Minnesota in a shootout at the United Center. Which is to say, it’s not the worst time to welcome the Stanley Cup champs to Nationwide Arena.

“We’re in a good position,” said forward Brandon Dubinsky. “It’s not like where we were last year when we had to continue to watch and hope and chase teams. We’re right where we want to be.”

As we wrote yesterday, the Jackets have a golden opportunity to to give their long-suffering fans some playoff excitement.

Now is not the time to take their foot off the pedal.


  1. hammerhead5573 - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    This has potential to be ugly really quick for my Hawks. Injuries to the Hawks or not, the Jackets always seem to give them fits. Gonna be interesting for sure.

  2. joey4id - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    With the huge win last night CBJ could push the Flyers into a wild card spot, which could very well give us a Pens/Flyers series.

    CBJ with 6 games left will play 4 teams (NYI, Phx, Dallas, Fla) battling to make the playoffs or out of the playoffs, & 1 once vs the crippled Hawks, and TBL

    Flyers with also 6 games left will play 3 teams (Buf, Fla, Car) out of the playoffs, Bruins, TBL & Pens

    • 7mantel - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Flyers/ Pens series would be exciting !

      • joey4id - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Seriously! How does CBJ vs NYR strike you?

      • 7mantel - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        That would be a great series too ! It might not have the same rivalry factor but with the players on each club wanting to eliminate their old team should ramp it up a bit !

      • brownieinec - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        It’s becoming a rivalry sinse Nash took a swing at Bob.

      • 7mantel - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        Maybe but not as heated as teams who come from same state or close prolixity like Isles/Devils/NYR Either way should be exciting !

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      who’s us?

  3. raoool - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Flyers v Pens is about the only shot the Flyers have of getting past the 1st round

  4. dmarado - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Keep it up, For Those About To Rock!

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