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Blue Jackets couldn’t have scripted franchise’s first playoff home win any better

Apr 23, 2014, 11:04 PM EDT

Nick Foligno, Sergei Bobrovsky Nick Foligno, Sergei Bobrovsky

While much will be made of Pittsburgh’s shortcomings and Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury‘s questionable play towards the end of Game 4 on Wednesday, the fact remains that the Columbus Blue Jackets never quit and they were rewarded for their persistence with a 4-3 overtime victory.

The Blue Jackets down 3-0 midway through the first period, just days after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Penguins. They had every reason to be demoralized. Instead Columbus earned its franchise’s first playoff victory at home and tied the series at two in the process.

“You don’t want to script this game going down 3-0…but you can’t script a better finish,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, per the team’s Twitter account.

The Blue Jackets’ night does feel like something out of a story. Brandon Dubinsky tied the contest with just 24 seconds remaining in regulation.

“You guys mind if I go ahead and win this thing?” asked Nick Foligno during the intermission, according to the Blue Jackets’ Rob Mixer.

Then he went out and did just that.

The Blue Jackets’ franchise history is filled with disappointments. They never could capitalize on Rick Nash. They could never get Steve Mason back on track after his Calder Trophy winning season.

The franchise started playing in 2000 and they hadn’t won a playoff contest going into this series, but that’s in the past now and the team’s future looks brighter.

  1. maalea - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Even if they don’t win the series, they are giving their fans their money’s worth.

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:34 AM

      If you recall ppl i said Columbus would make the playoffs and make some noise in the east.. in’d go ahead and insert the quote but, …. You know

    • ntvd7 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      I’m officially a fan of this team

      They worked their ass off and their fans are insane. Great game to watch

  2. billiam55 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    wooooo! GO BJS!

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM

      I assume you mean CBJs…. the fans were chanting CBJ during the game

    • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Hey Bill this is a sports forum ! lol

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Jackets are a team with ZERO pressure, ZERO favoritism, ZERO anything just about. They have nothing to lose in this series. I look at their two shorthanded goals like this; if it’s the Regular Season those goals aren’t scored more than likely but come playtime and with nothing to lose, they’ve got nothing to lose by going for it, etc.

  4. slash714 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    YaaaAaaa

  5. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Damn, Dubinsky is playing Conn Smythe level hockey.

    • barkar942 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Dubinsky showed some signs of excellence as a player in NY, but wasn’t living up to expectations at the time. He has started to flourish with a little less media attention in Columbus, and I am glad to see him playing well.

  6. contraryguy - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Other local sports folks quoted Foligno as saying something else (but similar) to what’s said above… doesn’t matter. He’s ready, the rest of the team is ready. Bob has some attention issues, but the CBJ can get past that. (They did with Mason…) The town is live and loving this team.

    OT: 4-3 in all 4 games? WTF are the odds of that?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      “4-3 in all 4 games? WTF are the odds of that?”
      Not a math wizard here, but I’ll guess the odds were about the same as they were in 1970 when the Hawks swept the Wings in their quarterfinal series 4-0 and won each game 4-2.

  7. r8rbhawk - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Kudos to the CBJ fans. It seemed like they were standing the whole game. Both teams played an extra 10 seconds at the end of the third cuz no one could hear the whistle. Good on ‘em.

  8. mackattack29 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I’m an avs fan but if the avs get booted in any round and CBJ, is still in it. I’m jumping on that bandwagon. What an exciting team. And Johansen and Calvert are 20 kinds of special. Along with most of their roster but those two as well as obviously dubinsky are my favorites from really most of the eastern conference so far these playoffs.

  9. schlitzy - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    I missed this game unfortunately but I watched game three and I have to say I was really impressed with the Columbus crowd. sounds like it was the same way tonight. very lively enthusiastic crowd. glad to see they finally have good reason to cheer…until (if) they faceoff against my Rangers.

  10. dtownbeatdown - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Columbus fans just have been itching for this for years. That place just looked like a lot of fun tonight. Good for the Jackets, their fans, and hockey in general.

  11. rushledger - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    As a penguins fan I’m obviously disappointed from our side of things, but I’m happy it was foligno who scored Columbus’s first home playoff winner ever. He came over from Ottawa, believed in their team that it was going to go in the right direction, not to mention how tough it had to be to finally achieve that playoff clinch and miss the first two, must have felt ourstanding.

  12. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    Whenever I hear about a cool prediction like Foligno’s I always wonder how many guys over the years have made similar OT assertions that we never hear about because someone else scored and their teammates don’t want to embarrass them. :-)

  13. 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Pen’s are resting on their Laurals !

    • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      Wrong column !^^^

  14. dmarado - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    As a fan of all things Ohio (except the Bengals) this game was the greatest thing in the history of history. For once “we” came out on on top. If CBJ don’t win the series, I’m Ok with that, they still garnered a bunch of new fans. Hopefully those people revelling in this win will come to Nationwide next year and support the team. What a great crowd last night!

  15. flyboystransport - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    This was a fun game to watch if you aren’t a fan of either team

  16. dutchman1350 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    JD came to town and said “brick by brick”…dude is a Master Mason. This style is nothing new. They have been pounding teams all season. Finally paying some huge dividends.

  17. neonpep - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I’m glad to see the Blue Jackets enjoying some success, and I’m even more glad they are giving Pittsburgh a hard time!

  18. 2qswing - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Wow was that fun last night. Win or lose this series, this is an easy team to like. Been a ticket holder for 5 years. The effort was always there but they just could not compete. This year and last hs been a different story.
    A quick note. I know Scott Howson took a lot of heat while here and most of it deserved. But you look up and down this roster and for the most part these players were acquired under his regime. I would make the Nash trade today and that’s not to put Rick down. He’s a world class player but wanted out. Bob, Jack, Calvert, Atkinson, Nikitin, Wiz, Johansen, Foligno, Murray, Anisimov, Dubinski, Prout, Savard, Jenner. All under Howson.

    Much respect to the Pens. This series is 2-2 and far from over either way.

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      That Nash trade isn’t looking so bad now is it?

  19. jacketsfan7 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Ahhhhh I love all this CBJ talk, 14 years of waiting seems worth it now
    Sound pathetic but I’m so happy with how things have played out so far

  20. anirayne33 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    I love this group of misfits. I couldn’t ask for a better season. This team has pulled me through a difficult point in my life and I love them for it.

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