The Columbus Blue Jackets lost last night, 4-3, and we knocked out of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It’s not an unexpected result — the Penguins were the higher seed and swept the CBJ during the regular season — but it’s an unfortunate one, because there was all kinds of happy buzz in Columbus about the Blue Jackets during the last few weeks. The happy buzz grew as the Blue Jackets won their first playoff game ever, then won a second game on a last-second thriller. Even during the losses the Blue Jackets fought hard and scrapped and made the going tough for the talented Penguins. In last night’s game the CBJ trailed, 4-0, after two periods but they battled back to bring the game to 4-3. They couldn’t quite get the tying goal that would have raised the roof — but the team’s lack of quit is impressive.
I’m not a believer is moral victories, but I am hoping that this season and the exciting playoff series galvanize Columbus hockey fans and motivate this very young Blue Jackets team to greater achievements next year. With a few playoff wins under their belt this year, CBJ fans believe the future is bright and are hoping that the team contends for the Stanley Cup next year. It would be a great thing for Columbus.