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614 Sports: Can CBJ ride winning wave, survive Avalanche?

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CBJ: The Avalanche (of Wins?) Is Coming

The last two games on their west coast trip saw the Columbus Blue Jackets (73 points) defeat and outscore the San Jose Sharks (79 points) and Vegas Golden Knights (89 points) by a combined score of 8-3. CBJ winger #9 Artemi Panarin netted 3 goals and 2 assists in these games. Skating on thin ice with the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Blue Jackets are surprising their superior opponents. Returning home to face the Colorado Avalanche (77 points), fans are hoping this small winning streak against higher-ranked teams continues versus a squad also on thin ice in the Western Conference’s Wild Card race.

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Colorado Avalanche tonight at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio.

(Attorney) General DeWine Is Battling for Columbus’ Crew

Good News: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine kept his word from late last year and has taken legal action against Precourt Sports Ventures and MLS concerning the club’s potential move to Austin after this season. The joint response from MLS and Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt was unsurprisingly misleading and delusional. Now, one of the immediate benefits of this Art Modell-inspired lawsuit is that the public association between Anthony Precourt and Art Modell is getting stronger by the day for soccer fans and non-soccer fans alike who are following this ever-evolving story.

Better News: #SaveTheCrew’s “Community Kit” will be revealed in its entirety tonight at King Avenue 5 from 6-9 p.m. in Grandview. Details here. The locally-sponsored jersey is both a reminder of Crew SC’s dedicated, widespread local business support and the unyielding, resourceful movement of the beautiful game.

Great News: Following a 2-nil season-opening road win against last season’s MLS Cup champions, Columbus Crew SC hosts the Montreal Impact this Saturday afternoon at MAPFRE Stadium at 1 p.m. on ABC 6 WSYX and Spectrum Sports.

#SaveTheCrew and #FillTheFre

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2 star Blue Jackets players say goodbye, fans react

Mitch Hooper



The fears all season finally came to fruition for the Columbus Blue Jackets as star winger Artemi Panarin and star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky both signed to new teams on July 1, the first day of free agency in the NHL.

Panarin will be suiting up for the New York Rangers now as the highest paid winger in the league, reports ESPN. Bobrovsky took his talents to the Florida Panthers on a seven year contract, reports Additionally, center Matt Duchene signed with the Nashville Predators.

After the best playoff run in franchise history, both Panarin, affectionately known as The Bread Man, and Bobrovsky, Bob for short, took to social media to thank Columbus one last time before heading to their new squads.

Bob was the first of the day to announce his move.

"I decided to move on. I write my own story and today that’s my decision. I want to thank fans from the bottom of my heart for all support and excitement during my 7 years in CBJ. I want to thank city of Columbus. This city has been treating me and my family very well, no matter what."

Shortly after, Panarin announced his decision, too.

"I was very happy to play for Columbus. I hope you won't be too mad at me😉 You live only once."

And as always, fans had opinions. Some chose to focus on the good times we had. And, boy, were those times good.

Others weren't as gentle. It's all apart of the healing process, Columbus. We'll get through this together. That being said, it seems like there's different emotions for Panarin's departure compared to Bob's.

Example for Panarin:

Compared to Bob:

But in reality, this pretty much sums up all of yesterday for Jackets fans.
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OP: Columbus is better than Boston, change my mind

Mitch Hooper



I'm no hockey expert, but then again, I'm not ignorant to the sport. I'm aware of what boarding is, I know when an icing call should be made, and I can see a high stick from a mile away. C'mon, give me some credit, I'm a mid-20s-year-old boy who owns an X-Box—I've played NHL a time or two. I say all that to say this: Columbus is so much better than Boston.

Don't misconstrue my vast hockey knowledge with my bold statement. I'm not saying Columbus is better than Boston in the sense of athletes on the ice (although my 2013 franchise mode on NHL says Columbus is the best damn hockey team six years running), I'm saying our city is better. Our fans are better. Our beer is better. Have you ever actually enjoyed a Sam Adams lager? Hell no.

I understand I can't make these claims without backing them up, so I did some unbiased research and my results were incredible. If you aren't sitting down, you might want to now.

And as if that database of information wasn't persuasive enough, here's an entire press conference of unbiased sports experts carefully explaining their case.

It's compelling, I know.

The facts go even deeper. Have you ever seen a Bostonian on the moon? Or orbit the planet? Point one for John Glenn and Columbus. Neil Armstrong isn't from Columbus, but he's a tried and true Ohioan and that counts in our books. Half point to Columbus? We'll take it. All the numbers are adding up and it's clear as day: Columbus is better than Boston.

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Boston. The game will be aired on NBCS.

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Twitter Reacts: CBJ sweep Lightning in historic win

Mike Thomas



Last night, the Columbus Bluejackets finished their perfect sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with an emphatic game four win in Nationwide arena. It was without question the single biggest win in franchise history, sending the Jackets to the second round of the playoffs for the first time ever. But of course, you already knew that.

For your consideration (and to soothe your post-celebration hangover/exhaustion) here's a roundup of some of the spiciest memes and reactions to the Jackets big win!
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