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Blue Jackets defeat Stars, clinch playoff berth

Apr 9, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

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For only the second time in their franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets are going back to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Blue Jackets clinched their spot in the post-season with a 3-1 win over the host Dallas Stars on Wednesday. This game was a makeup for the March 10 meeting between the two teams, which was postponed after Dallas forward Rich Peverley collapsed due to a cardiac event.

Columbus was leading that game 1-0 on a goal from Nathan Horton early in the first period, when Peverley collapsed and was eventually taken to hospital.

Horton did not play Wednesday, however he was still credited with the opening goal, which the league has now given to him at the 0:00 mark of this game.

The Blue Jackets took a three-goal lead in the first period – they only needed to score twice in order for that to happen – before holding on to for the win and two points.

Not that the Stars, in a playoff race of their own in the Western Conference, didn’t try to pull out all the stops in the third period to try and at least get a single point.

As per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff pulled Tim Thomas from the net on a power play just before the midway point of the third period. The bold move did result in a goal from Trevor Daley, but that was all the Stars would get.

  1. capspats - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Crap, that means caps are officially out. Oh well, at least we’ll get rid of GMGM and hopefully start fixing this team

    • miketoasty - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      As a Pens fan, I really hope so. I know this was sort of a forced rivalry (Pens vs Caps) but none the less some of the fireworks we saw between the two teams made for a good game every time the two played.

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Congrats to the Jackets, best of luck.

  3. patthehockeyfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Good for Ruff! I’ve often wondered why teams don’t pull their goalie on a power play – but only at the end of a period. Ruff pulled Thomas at the midpoint of the 3rd period. I guess I’d play it safer; but, I’m not sure if that actually is safer.

    Yes, I know there’s a chance the short-handed team might score into the empty net; yet, the odds are, they won’t.

  4. dmarado - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    WE SALUTE YOU!!!

  5. penguins87and71 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Good for the BlueJackets organization and their fans, they truly deserve it! The only thing I wish however is that the Penguins would play the BlueJackets in the 1st rd. That could start a pretty good rivalry. I will definitely be rooting for the Jackets in the Playoffs, behind the Penguins of course.

  6. flyerincowtown - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

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