The Columbus Blue Jackets ensure a place in the playoffs despite losing the leadership at the last minute

The Columbus Blue Jackets ensure a place in the playoffs despite losing the leadership at the last minute

The Columbus Blue Jackets ensure a place in the playoffs despite losing the leadership at the last minute



The Columbus Blue Jackets complied with everything in the trade deadline, loading with exchanges and keeping two players with expired contracts, forward Artemi Panarin and goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky, despite your intentions to sign elsewhere this summer. It was a big bet for Columbus, and until Friday night we still were not sure it would be worth it.

With a triumph shot over the New York Rangers, the Columbus Blue Jackets are blocked for the playoffs. But, you, look how close they were to blow it.

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Leading 2-1 in the last minute of regulation, the Blue Jackets almost ruined it when the Rangers advanced. Pavel Buchnevich "Beat" Bobrovsky. Actually, the Buchnevich just pbaded the disk to the slot, and Bob's own pad was diverted to the net. Hence the posture in the photo above.

Meanwhile, Buchnevich was euphoric.

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– Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) April 6, 2019

And since I know you want to see it, here's the look of Lumbus head coach, John Tortorella, right after the bell.

That one goal had a big change in the playoff opportunities of the Jackets.

#CBJ The playoff odds were 99.9%. Now up to 90.0% https://t.co/UK26oI5A2o pic.twitter.com/O6lio9HrfQ

– MoneyPuck.com (@MoneyPuckdotcom) April 6, 2019

Unfortunately, the Jackets survived in overtime and won the shooting with a goal from Artemi Panarin.

.@ 9Artemi With the only goal in the shooting. pic.twitter.com/pN3wQvufAU

– NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 6, 2019

That second clbadification point finally won the Jackets a X Next to his name in the clbadification.

Bob sure seemed relieved by that.

TFW when you lock a place in the playoffs #CBJ pic.twitter.com/o9X1AnPJIl

– Alison (@AlisonL) April 6, 2019

Meanwhile, Montreal Canadians have finally been eliminated.

We will still need more time before finding out who will play the Caps in the first round. For the final games of the season, Columbus plays with Ottawa, Carolina plays with Philadelphia, Washington plays with the islanders and Pittsburgh plays with New York as it should.


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