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614 Sports: W-w-w-w-will this CBJ win streak continue?

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CBJ: W-W-W-W-Will This Continue?

What’s wilder: The Columbus Blue Jackets winning five games in a row by scoring 21 goals and conceding just 11, or being a mere two-points shy of third place in the competitive Metro Division? Maybe the answer is both in equal measure.

Columbus defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 at home last night with five different scorers. And with 12 games remaining and a maximum of 24 points remaining on the table (well, ice), a late-season winning streak is precisely what the CBJ needs. This goes not only for qualifying for the NHL playoffs, but also in earning as high of a seed as possible. And consider this: If the Blue Jackets win out, then Columbus would tie NHL history with the longest overall winning streak at 17 with the ’92-’93 Pittsburgh Penguins (last season CBJ won 16 in a row) and have the opportunity to own that record outright with an opening game win in the postseason. Just saying.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (79 points) travel to the city of Barry “Big Tasty” Goldberg to battle the Philadelphia Flyers (third place in Metro Division with 81 points) this Thursday night at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio.

Jackrabbits, Colonials and Buckeyes Walk into Basketball Arenas…

With something to prove after the loss to Penn State in the final seconds of their B1G Ten Tournament game, the Buckeyes enter March Madness hungry to hopefully start the most rewarding winning streak of the season. With star #33 Keita Bates-Diop, as well as several starters and players coming off-the-bench who can score in bunches on any given day, Ohio State can be tough to prepare for in a tournament setting. And as long as OSU head coach Chris Holtmann doesn’t seek any outside advice from the TBS Selection Show producers (what was that?), the Buckeyes will have a great chance to clear the first and often tricky hurdle in the NCAA Tournament against an unfamiliar, yet formidable opponent from the Mount Rushmore state.

The 5-seed in the West bracket Ohio State men’s basketball team travels to Boise, Idaho to battle the 12-seed South Dakota State Jackrabbits this Thursday afternoon at the Taco Bell Arena (yo quiero Chipotle) at 4 p.m. ET on TNT.

Selection Monday revealed the Ohio State women’s basketball team is the 3-seed in the Spokane Regional. #3 Kelsey Mitchell leads the Buckeyes into an NCAA Tournament that has historically tripped-up past Ohio State women’s basketball teams with impressive regular seasons. Can OSU finally power through for an unforgettable run in 2018? Many Buckeyes fans are hoping so, since this year’s Final Four is in Columbus, OH-IO.

The 3-seed Ohio State women’s basketball team hosts the 14-seed George Washington Colonials this Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena at 1 p.m. on ESPN 2.

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2 star Blue Jackets players say goodbye, fans react

Mitch Hooper

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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 NHL.com. 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.

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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.”

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Dear CBJ fans I have decided to move on. It was very fun road. We have done lots of good things for my time in CBJ and wish this team and city nothing but the Best! Yes we didn’t reach our goal but we became a really good competitive team. 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. I want to say thank to my teammates. I wouldn’t achieve anything without you guys. It’s been a pleasure to work and compete with you shoulder to shoulder. I want to say thank you to entire Blue Jackets organization, all coaches I worked with and everyone from the stuff. Columbus will stay in my heart forever. Дорогие фанаты CBJ. Я принял решение двигаться дальше. Это было интересное путешествие. Мы сделали много хороших вещей и я желаю Коламбусу дальнейшего развития и успехов. Да мы не добились главного, но мы стали сильной боеспособной командой. Я принял решение двигаться дальше. Каждый из нас пишет свою историю и сегодня это мое решение. От всего сердца я хочу поблагодарить вас за вашу поддержку и любовь за все время моего пребывания в CBJ. Я хочу поблагодарить город Коламбус за радушный приём. Я хочу поблагодарить своих партеров по команде. Без вас я ничего бы не добился. Для меня было большим удовольствием выходить на игры и бороться за победы плечом к плечу с вами. Хочу поблагодарить весь клуб Blue jackets, тренерский штаб и весь обслуживающий персонал. Коламбус навсегда останется жить в моем сердце.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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