It was a historic series for many reasons which we have all read about over the past few days. Seems silly to rehash all the different reasons this was a great series, which it was for Columbus. Categorizing it as ‘The Biggest Upset in NHL History’ is hard to do at this point. There are many measures and caveats that would point to the fact that these two teams were closer in talent than regular season number suggested. This series victory makes this hockey season a huge success for Columbus. Odd that winning a round one series has the entire city celebrating like the CBJ won the Cup. Being the first taste of post-season victory, this fanbase gets a pass. CBJ fans, enjoy it.
John Tortorella: “Just Remember, it’s one round”.
That quote is at the 1:10 mark of the video and repeated throughout the post-game presser.
He is focused on something bigger that winning just this series. Good money is on the fact that he has his players focused on a greater goal too.
Jon Cooper: “For six days in April, Columbus played better that we did…”
That quote is at the 5:10 mark and finally gives some respect to what the Jackets were able to accomplish. It was a bit of a backhanded compliment but better than nothing. He may have other things to think about now that TBLs season is over. Not be a stickler for facts, but the CBJ were better than TBL for 7 days in April.
A lot was made of the play of Savard in this series. His tally in Game 1 sparked a 3-goal third period and improbable comeback victory. His 8 hits and 15 blocked shots led the Jackets for the series. Gobbling up minutes he played 22:02 in Game 1, 24:33 (led team) in Game 2, 23:05 in Game 3 and 26:18 (led team) in Game 4. He was credited with ZERO giveaways and had a number of stretch passes connect springing forwards for quality scoring chances. Other guys showed up in the highlight reel and on the score sheets, but nobody made the tough hockey plays better than number 58. Series MVP?…well maybe Bob gets that honor. David stepped up when a depleted D-corp needed him to. McQuaid and Murry didn’t play in the series and Nutivaara only played in the first two games all out with injuries.
Over the past week Blue Jackets shirts, hats and flags have been popping up everywhere. This city has been waiting for this for a long, long time. Making the playoffs for the first time in 2009 was exciting. Challenging the Pens and Caps was great. Taking down the Lightning has Columbus abuzz with talk of the Jackets and how far they could go. Some fans lament the ‘fair weather’ supporters who only come out when there is something good happening. This bandwagon has room, climb aboard and help celebrate. It has been a fun week and we get to do it again soon. Like, in a week soon, not just (hopefully) next year soon.