NHL Death Watch: Nashville eliminated; can Blue Jackets make cut?

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Games at Western Conference heavies Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose loom, as does a trip to playoff-chasing Dallas.. A regulation loss tonight would have been spleen-rattling body blow, one the spoiler Avs almost landed.. But the Blue Jackets dodged, thanks to late-game goals by R.J.. Umberger (clutch) and Nick Foligno (double clutch), and took two points with a 4-3 overtime win.. “There have been some big goals and big games that I’ve been involved in,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said.. “But you’re always living in the moment.. And for right now, in our moment, those were two big goals.. Big, big goals.” Coming up, the playoff pictures for the East and West, as we shift the focus to playoff seeding.. The full NHL standings and schedules can be found on Y!. Sports.. All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats ; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL.. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their “Tragic Number” hits 0. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-death-watch-nashville-eliminated-blue-jackets-cut-140027200–nhl.html

Blue Jackets continue to surprise

They pulled even in points (47) with Detroit for the final playoff spot.. ”No one got down,” Umberger said.. ”This bench, this bench was saying, `Let’s go after them.. Let’s get them.’ This group, we’re fighting to the end and everybody knew we were going to win this game.” First, though, Sergei Bobrovsky had to save the game.. With the Avalanche short-handed to start the extra period, Gabriel Landeskog broke free and it looked as if he might put an end to things.. After all, Landeskog is one of the leaders in the league in short-handed goals this season.. Even hot celebs love cool NHL games .. But Bobrovsky made a magnificent save, robbing Landeskog of a goal.. Then, with just 28.7 seconds remaining in OT, Foligno skated in on the right side of Jean-Sebastien Giguere and sent a wrist shot by the veteran goaltender.. That was a departure for Foligno, who’s usually looking to pass in that situation and not shoot.. In this case, being selfish paid dividends.. ”I just figured I’d shoot (through Giguere’s pads) and catch him before he went down and luckily it was able to sneak through,” Foligno said. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/Columbus-Blue-Jackets-beat-Colorado-Avalanche-in-overtime-041513

After turnaround, don’t count Blue Jackets out

It was some time in late February — he can’t remember exactly when — his team languishing with only five wins in the opening 19 or 20 games of this season, when Todd Richards phoned old pal Claude Noel .. The two had coached together at AHL Milwaukee, and at this point, Richards was at his wits’ end trying to find a way to turn things around with the Columbus Blue Jackets .. “That was hard coaching.. I don’t remember coaching ever being that hard, and really not that much fun,” Richards told ESPN.com on Tuesday.. “I reached out to Claude one day and talked to him for about a half-hour.. I don’t even know if I was asking questions; it was just to talk, really.. But it was helpful at this point.. It really was.” Six weeks later, it’s Richards who would be the one giving pep talks to his coaching buddies in the fraternity.. A March 3 win over the Colorado Avalanche began a 15-4-3 stretch for the Jackets, perhaps the unlikeliest of events anyone in the hockey world would have dreamed up this season.. “We’re still surprising people, which is always nice,” veteran Jackets defenseman Adrian Aucoin told ESPN.com on Tuesday. source: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/23442/after-turnaround-dont-count-blue-jackets-out

Kings solidify playoff spot with win; Blue Jackets holding on

All I am focused on is playing better for this team and against San Jose.” The satisfaction was short lived as Kyle Clifford beat Sergei Bobrovsky just over a minute later and the Kings were back on top, 2-1.. “Anytime you score it’s nice but it’s not our main game in our line so it’s an added bonus,” Clifford said.. It was a wild second period, with both teams taking two turns on the power play.. All four were killed off, and for the Kings that’s standard business as they’ve gone unscathed on 12 consecutive power plays, including one more in the third period.. The game ended with a furious Columbus rush over the final two minutes, with both teams playing beyond the final horn as skirmishes broke out between a handful of players.. The Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky got it started by shoving Doughty, and Clifford did not appreciate it.. “Just a cheap shot, and that’s his personality, and we got guys out there and he goes after Doughty whose not our toughest player,” Clifford said.. “Not the smartest thing but it’s good to get the win.” Said Columbus forward Jared Boll: “You have to expect it.. Everyone is fighting for their lives right now.. Emotions are running high and you try to keep them in check, but this is playoff mode.. This is playoff hockey and every game from here on out is going to be like that.” The ice was eventually cleared, both teams skating into potentially vastly different futures.. NOTES: Columbus lost Matt Calvert during the game to a hand injury. source: http://www.click2houston.com/sports/Kings-solidify-playoff-spot-with-win-Blue-Jackets-holding-on/-/1735736/19812526/-/y66rcw/-/index.html

NHL Playoff Watch: Dallas Stars improve postseason chances; can Jets catch Caps?

Coming up, the playoff pictures for the East and West, as we shift the focus to playoff seeding.. The full NHL standings and schedules can be found on Y!. Sports.. All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats ; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL.. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their “Tragic Number” hits 0.. Team (Games Remaining) 0 Are the Washington Capitals in trouble, suddenly?. The Jets have crept within two points of the Southeast Division lead, both with four games remaining – including Tuesday night’s showdown in Washington, D.C.. The Jets could enter that game with the division lead: They have games against the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres before Tuesday, while the Caps visit the Montreal Canadiens .. The Rangers thumped the Florida Panthers to stay in the No.. 8 seed, with a game in-hand on the Jets and the teams tied in points. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-playoff-watch-dallas-stars-improve-postseason-chances-141906169–nhl.html

 

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