Columbus Blue Jackets: Cody Bass Becomes Mr. Clutch In AHL Playoffs

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Their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, are still playing and currently have a 2-0 lead in their first-round series against the Manchester Monarchs ( Los Angeles Kings ). Cody Bass, who appeared in 14 games for the Blue Jackets last season, has scored the overtime game-winning goals in both of those games, and he is playing some of the best hockey of his career at the right time. Bass was an Ottawa Senators draft pick in 2005, and appeared in 34 games over four seasons. The Blue Jackets signed Bass for the 2011-12 season, and he split time between the Blue Jackets and Falcons while battling a shoulder injury. He had one assist in his 14 games with Columbus, and is currently on a one-year two-way deal. In 18 regular season games with the Falcons, Bass scored two goals and had seven points. The fact that he has now matched his goal total in the playoffs certainly isn’t hurting his chances of getting a new contract, be it with the Blue Jackets or a different team. The Falcons can close out their first-round series with a win on Thursday night. The team also features top prospects David Savard, Dalton Prout, Nick Drazenovic and Ryan Johansen. All four of those players saw time with the Blue Jackets this season, and the postseason experience should only help their development as they try to become impact players in the future. Bass is only the third player in AHL history to score overtime game-winning goals in consecutive games. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/05/02/columbus-blue-jackets-cody-bass-becomes-mr-clutch-in-ahl-playoffs/

Blue Jackets fans lit up Nationwide

And they did it in stunning fashion Saturday night as a sell-out crowd of 19,002 gathered in Nationwide Arena to watch their boys beat the Nashville Predators 3-1. The hearty group, which was quieted in the second period by a Nashville goal, started gathering outside the ticket office before noon for the 7 p.m. game and packed the Arena District for pre-gaming long before the doors officially opened at 6. It was quite a night—fan appreciation night—and it was made even more special when the Blue Jackets organization allowed fans to stay and watch the final seven minutes of the Minnesota Wild game vs. the Colorado Avalanche. Detroit had already clinched the 7th spot in the Western Conference—if the Wild won, they moved into 8th, tying the Jackets and winning due to regulation wins. If the Wild lost, the Jackets would have clinched their second playoff berth. Around 3,000 people stayed to watch the Wild clinch, beating the Avalanche 3-1. It was no matter. Columbus fans electrified Nationwide Arena from the moment the doors opened, sporting their gear with a sense of pride and hope. Not just hope to clinch a playoff spot—but hope for a new way of doing things. source: http://www.foxsportsohio.com/nhl/columbus-blue-jackets/story/Blue-Jackets-fans-lit-up-Nationwide?blockID=896999

Jackets win game, but not berth

The Blue Jackets finished the season riding the hottest streak in franchise history — one that transformed a team used to playing meaningless games after the All-Star break into a club that has continually defied the odds to win big games over the past two months. ”They never give up and they scrap and claw,” Mason said of the Blue Jackets. ”That’s what they’ve been doing all year.” The Blue Jackets were 5-12-2 — the worst record in the NHL — in late February. Then came a record 12-game points streak (8-0-4) that turned things around as Bobrovsky began to put up stellar numbers. They battled to get into the conversation for a playoff spot, but most thought their undoing would be a grueling six-game road trip that preceded the game with Nashville. Enforcers’ fists fly in this NHL season’s best fight photos . On that trip over four time zones and 12 days they went 5-1-0 to set themselves up for the drama of the final game, running their record to 19-5-5 over the past two months. Asked if what his team went through will help it next season, Richards struggled for a response. ”It’s really tough for me to answer that question right now,” he said. ”There’s a lot of emotion, a lot of disappointment — not with what we did, or how we played but how we finished.” Notes: It was the final meeting between the two teams as Central Division rivals. They’ve had a history of chippy games over the years. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/columbus-blue-jackets-beat-nashville-predators-but-miss-playoffs-jack-johnson-brandon-dubinsky-sergei-bobrovsky-042713

Columbus Blue Jackets Followed Movie Script Without Hollywood Ending

“There’s pride and disappointment all wrapped up together,” Coach Todd Richards told the Coshocton Tribune . “I’m real proud of the team: the way they played, where we were at, where we were able to get to. But there’s a huge disappointment that we came up one point short. It takes a lot of the flair out of the good things you were able to do.” This must sting especially painful for the Blue Jackets given that this tiny margin for a postseason berth came in a lockout-shortened season. If only there was more time. Regardless, it was a promising year for Columbus that had the trajectory of your formulaic sports movie — that is, right up until the end. The Blue Jackets entered 2013 as complete underdogs that were not expected to make the postseason let alone escape the conference. The team has never finished higher than third in its division, so give them the check in the classic underdog box. They started disastrously, winning two of their first eight, before rallying at the end to win eight of nine. Check under the Hollywood comeback box. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/05/01/columbus-blue-jackets-followed-movie-script-without-hollywood-ending/

Predators-Blue Jackets Preview

That, however, would end the Red Wings’ 21-year string of making the playoffs, something the veterans in Hockeytown have vowed won’t happen on their watch. Columbus also has a long shot of making it in if Minnesota manages just one point in its final game Saturday at Colorado. So rest assured that the Blue Jackets will be keeping an eye on the scores from Dallas. And they’ll be rooting like crazy for the Stars. “Dallas? Yeah, hopefully they do us a favor,” said Pittsburgh castoff Mark Letestu, who became the Blue Jackets’ goals leader with his 13th, the game-winner in the third period, against the Stars. The primary emphasis is on taking care of their own business. “First, we worry about ourselves,” said forward Marian Gaborik, acquired from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. “But everybody gets on the phone after a game and watches the scores around the league, what’s going on. That’s just the nature.” No one will have to check their phones. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/preview/2013042729/nashville-predators–columbus-blue-jackets

 

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