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Columbus Is This Week’s Capital of the Playoff Series

Apparently, the CBJ are getting some sort of kick out of spotting the favored Washington Capitals early leads in their playoff series. In the first two games of the first-round, the Columbus Blue Jackets have produced surprising wins in D.C. by erasing two 2-0 deficits to win in OT (4-3 and 5-4). #11 Matt Calvert was the man last night as he scored the game-winner with 7:38 left in overtime.

As the Blue Jackets return to Columbus for Games 3 and 4, fans can expect a fun time inside and outside Nationwide Arena. Three hours prior to the face-off, you can partake in festivities on the Front Street plaza near the arena (no game tickets needed), including music and various attractions.

For Tuesday’s game, be sure to tune into 97.1 The Fan to hear The Common Man & T-Bone from 3-6 p.m. for CBJ coverage, as well as FOX Sports Ohio’s Blue Jackets Live with Brian Giesenschlag and Bill Davidge at 6:30 p.m.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Washington Capitals tomorrow night at the Nationwide Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio in Game 3 of the first-round in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

OSU Football: There Will Come a Day to Pick the New QB

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is paid the big bucks (now $7.6 million/year) to recruit the best high school players in the country and then to decide the right combination of players to win the biggest games in college football.

Perhaps unfortunately, the Spring Game this past Saturday did little to clearly separate QB-contenders Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell.

However, considering that Mr. Haskins produced a flash of excitement for Buckeye fans against that team up north last season, his on-the-field experience may prove the deciding factor in starting the upcoming season under center. Ultimately, Urban Meyer will consult his quarterbacks coach Ryan Day to make a final decision.

Crew SC Is Trending Backwards

For the second game in a row—and the second 1-nil loss in a row on the road—Columbus Crew SC fell victim to their own insistence to play the ball out of the back on the ground involving their goalie and backline.

Less than one minute into the game versus D.C. United in their temporary home in Annapolis, the Crew’s old school rival executed a high-press strategy to perfection. A turnover led to a goal via a volley by United’s Ulises Segura.

Despite a valiant individual effort by Crew midfielder #32 Pedro Santos that included a free-kick that hit the crossbar and a diving header that was saved, plus a burst of energy courtesy of substitute #14 Adam Jahn in the 63rd minute, Columbus could not score the equalizer before the final whistle.

Three losses in a row demand Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter and Co. adjust the team’s tactics and movement on and off the ball.

Also, how many touches did forward #11 Gyasi Zardes get this past Saturday night? Answer: Not nearly enough.

#SaveTheCrew

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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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