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January 22, 2014 10:27 am

The view from Columbus


Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets 5, Kings 3: Winning streak is uncharted territory

“Asked if he can remember the Blue Jackets having this much offensive confidence, Umberger, who joined the club in 2007, didn’t blink.

“Not since I’ve been here,” he said. “Since when have we had three power-play lines that could be dangerous at any moment?”

Shawn Mitchell: Game 49: Seven, With Ease

“It’s the way the Blue Jackets are winning that’s more than a little surprising.

They’ve scored 28 goals during this seven-game winning streak (don’t count the shootouts, folks), which has pushed them up to eighth in the NHL in scoring at 2.84 per game.

Repeat: the Blue Jackets are eighth in the NHL in scoring. This from a team that only once (16th, 2002-03) has finished outside the bottom-third of the league in goals per game.”

Bob Hunter: Blue Jackets giving fans something to believe in

“Maybe it means that the Blue Jackets are finally becoming a pretty good team. Then again, their other six-game winning streak, which occurred from March 24 to April 3, 2006, led to … nothing.

This is the eighth season since then, and the Jackets have made just one playoff appearance in that span. That shows that you have to weigh the importance of milestone moments — good and bad — very carefully.”


Matt Wagner: Game 49 Recap: Lucky Number Seven

“There were a few more gut clenching moments, but fans in Nationwide and around the interwebs were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief when AA made something beautiful happen.

Stealing the puck away from Richards, Anisimov chipped the puck in deep to Nick Foligno, then turned himself back around and drove through the collapsing Kings, taking the puck back with a nice return pass from Foligno and tucking the puck in at the far corner for the 5-2 lead.”

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