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After two straight postseason appearances, Columbus Blue Jacket fans enter a new season with a relatively-new feeling: A reasonable expectation to make the playoffs.

 Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner chase the puck during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Monday, April 23, 2018, in Columbus.
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“Yeah, it’s hard.”

That was the complete response by Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella when asked what it was like for the season to end the way it did.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, works against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Nationwide Arena.
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Oh, how things can change in a few days.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who used back-to-back overtime wins to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Washington Capitals, now head back to Washington with the series tied. That’s after Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots as the Caps beat Columbus 4-1 Thursday night to even the series at two games apiece.

Overtime Finally Bites Columbus Blue Jackets In Game Three

Apr 18, 2018
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For the first time in this season’s playoffs, overtime was unkind to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Washington Capitals’ Lars Eller tapped a rebound shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the second overtime period to give them a 3-2 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

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The Washington Capitals entered their first round playoff series against Columbus as a heavy favorite to advance to the next round.

Apparently, no one told the Blue Jackets.

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72), of Russia, kicks away the puck during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Washington.
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Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the winner 12:22 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin to beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday night and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Nick Foligno (71), Brandon Dubinsky (17), Ian Cole (23) and David Savard (58) in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington
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The Columbus Blue Jackets went down two goals and three forwards and left with a Game 1 victory.

Artemi Panarin scored a beautiful goal 6:02 into overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in the first-round playoff series.

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What do the Blue Jackets themselves think of the club’s new winning streak?

“We don’t talk about the streak,” says head coach John Tortorella.

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Win games, sell tickets - it's easier said than done. But a record-winning season for the Columbus Blue Jackets has led to record ticket sales. 

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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to buck history Wednesday night as they start their third playoff series in club history. Round one pits the Jackets against a familiar foe: the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup champions and one of Columbus’ biggest rivals.

Updated at 10:15 a.m ET Thursday

The U.S. Women's National Hockey Team — the reigning world champions — won't be defending their title this year. They announced Wednesday that they will be boycotting the championships later this month as a protest against USA Hockey, citing stalled negotiations for "fair wages and equitable support" from the organization.

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After winning away games both Friday and Sunday, the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team hikes to a 20-5-4 season record. They bring their so-far successful run back to Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night for the start of four home games.

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Many of the world’s best hockey players will be inside Nationwide Arena Friday night for a match between the USA and Canada as the teams get ready for the World Cup of Hockey that starts next week. But comments by Columbus Blue Jackets' and Team USA coach John Tortorella have taken most of the headlines leading up to the game.

Blue Jackets Are Turning Things Around

Oct 30, 2015

With a new coach and a shiny pair of wins, the Columbus Blue Jackets are out of the basement and looking to right the ship for the rest of their season.

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John Tortorella's first game as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets went about as well as the team's first seven contests.

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