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Louis) than we did (Saturday),” Johnson said.. “Sometimes you win games that you shouldn’t.” Colorado may be thinking similarly after defenseman Jan Hejda admittedly had his eyes closed when scoring the winning goal with 7.6 seconds remaining in a 4-3 victory over Vancouver on Saturday.. The Avalanche (14-22-6) rallied from two third-period deficits to improve to 2-0-1 since goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere blasted their lackluster effort versus Calgary in a 3-1 loss last Monday, the team’s fifth straight.. Giguere has stepped up his play as well, making 24 saves Saturday after stopping 33 of 34 shots over the previous two.. Despite the improved play, Colorado is on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention for the third consecutive season.. ”I felt we were only going through the motions.. This is not the team we want to be,” Giguere said.. ”We want to build something for the future here.. This wasn’t the year we were expecting.. We only have ourselves to blame for that.” Giguere could be in net again Monday. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/Blue-JacketsAvalanche-Preview-53317225

Blue Jackets pack on experience under pressure

“Losing’s easy.” That’s why he wants his current team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, to extend their season.. They’ve suddenly discovered how to win.. And when you’re winning, a lot of problems go away.. There are many reasons why the Blue Jackets won’t make the playoffs, and really only one why they might.. Last in the NHL not so terribly long ago, they’ve surprised everyone all season.. Why not once more?. A cynic would point out they have too many road games (6) and too few at home (2); that the remaining opponents are daunting; and that there are too many good teams to overcome.. Yet after Tuesday night’s 4-0 victory over San Jose, the young and restless Blue Jackets are just two points behind eighth-place Detroit with eight games left to play.. A franchise that has yet to win a playoff game in its first 11 seasons suddenly has captured the imagination of its fan base.. Almost 18,000 showed up for the midweek Sharks game, and most were around at the end, standing and cheering while pinching themselves over what they were witnessing.. “We have eight games left,” newly acquired star forward Marian Gaborik said.. “We’re going to keep fighting ’till the end.” The website sportsclubstats.com measures playoff chances of NHL teams. source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/montreal-canadiens/Coming+down+stretch+Blue+Jackets+pack/8224960/story.html

NHL preview: Hitchcock goes for No. 600

The difference is that Brian Elliott was back in net after a one-game break.. He has won five in a row and hasn’t given up a goal in 189 minutes, 29 seconds.. His personal best is 241:33.. Corey Crawford will start again in net for the Blackhawks.. Chicago’s Patrick Sharp (upper body) will miss the game.. MORE: Sunday’s NHL scoreboard Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators, 7:30 p.m.. (NBC Sports Network): The Red Wings find themselves in ninth place on a tiebreaker.. Considering the eighth-place Dallas Stars have also played 41 games, the Red Wings need this win as they try to extend their playoff streak to 22 seasons.. The game will fall into goalie Jimmy Howard’s hands, as expected.. Filip Forsberg is expected to make his NHL debut after being acquired by the Predators in the Martin Erat deal at the trade deadline.. Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres, 5: Neither team has been eliminated from the playoff hunt, but it’s getting close.. The Sabres are closer, six points back. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/14/nhl-preview-sunday/2081645/

NHL roundup: Rangers top Islanders; Stars, Blue Jackets win

— Defenseman Dan Girardi scored 3:11 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night in a game that felt like a playoff matchup between the rivals.. Henrik Lundqvist and Islanders counterpart Evgeni Nabokov staged a classic goalie duel that seemed destined to go to a shoot-out, but Girardi finished off a rush by flipping a shot over Nabokov’s shoulder.. The Rangers are eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, one point behind the Islanders.. Columbus 3, Minnesota 2 (SO): Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson scored shoot-out goals as the visiting Blue Jackets moved into a tie with the Red Wings and Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.. Dallas 2, San Jose 1: Richard Bachman stopped 31 shots for the host Stars.. Buffalo 1, Philadelphia 0: Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots to help the host Sabres climb into a tie with New Jersey for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.. Carolina 4, Boston 2: Jiri Tlusty scored two goals, and the host Hurricanes ended a seven-game losing streak.. Colorado 4, Vancouver 3: Jan Hejda scored with 7.6 seconds remaining, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 24 shots for the host Avalanche.. Pittsburgh 3, Florida 1: Brenden Morrow scored two goals for the visiting Penguins, who won for the 19th time in 21 games.. Toronto 5, Montreal 1: The host Maple Leafs scored four goals on their first five shots, forcing Canadiens goalie Carey Price to get pulled midway through the first period.. Washington 6, Tampa Bay 5 (OT): The host Capitals blew a four-goal lead before Mike Green scored a power-play goal at 2:59 of overtime, extending the team’s winning streak to seven games. source: http://www.freep.com/article/20130414/SPORTS05/304140121/NHL-roundup-Rangers-top-Islanders-Stars-Blue-Jackets-win

Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2, SO

Coyle was assessed a match penalty and ejected, and Dubinsky was given a 10-minute major for instigating.. Afterward, Yeo said he thought the hit was clean, and that the Wild should’ve had a power play due to Dubinsky’s instigating.. The fight was the first of Coyle’s NHL career.. …. Anisimov did not return to the game.. …. Tyutin played in his 600th game of his career.. …. Wild C Matt Cullen (lower body), F Dany Heatley (shoulder) and C Zenon Konopka all sat out injured.. Earlier in the day, Cullen practiced for the first time since getting hurt April 1.. Yeo said Cullen would accompany the team on the upcoming three-game road trip. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/Blue-Jackets-3-Wild-2-SO-99776665

Surprising Columbus Blue Jackets still in playoff hunt

Yet after Tuesday night’s 4-0 victory over San Jose, the young and restless Blue Jackets are just two points behind eighth-place Detroit with eight games left to play.. A franchise that has yet to win a playoff game in its first 11 seasons suddenly has captured the imagination of its fan base.. Almost 18,000 showed up for the midweek Sharks game, and most were around at the end, standing and cheering while pinching themselves over what they were witnessing.. “We have eight games left,” newly acquired star forward Marian Gaborik said.. “We’re going to keep fighting `till the end.” POWER RANKINGS: Will Jackets’ deal for Gaborik backfire?. The website sportsclubstats.com measures playoff chances of NHL teams.. Its calculations say that if the Blue Jackets win their final eight, they’ll make the postseason for only the second time.. If they go 6-2-0 down the stretch, they’ve got a 44 percent chance of making it in the West.. It sure won’t be easy.. After Friday night’s home game with St.. Louis, Columbus hits the road for a grueling six-game trip with showdowns at Minnesota, Colorado, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Dallas before closing the regular season at home on April 27 against Nashville.. Most of those teams are also in the playoff chase. source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/news/20130410/columbus-blue-jackets-still-in-nhl-playoff-race.ap/

 

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