While much will be made of Pittsburgh’s shortcomings and Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s questionable play towards the end of Game 4 on Wednesday, the fact remains that the Columbus Blue Jackets never quit and they were rewarded for their persistence with a 4-3 overtime victory.
The Blue Jackets down 3-0 midway through the first period, just days after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Penguins. They had every reason to be demoralized. Instead Columbus earned its franchise’s first playoff victory at home and tied the series at two in the process.
“You don’t want to script this game going down 3-0…but you can’t script a better finish,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, per the team’s Twitter account.
The Blue Jackets’ night does feel like something out of a story. Brandon Dubinsky tied the contest with just 24 seconds remaining in regulation.
“You guys mind if I go ahead and win this thing?” asked Nick Foligno during the intermission, according to the Blue Jackets’ Rob Mixer.
Then he went out and did just that.
The Blue Jackets’ franchise history is filled with disappointments. They never could capitalize on Rick Nash. They could never get Steve Mason back on track after his Calder Trophy winning season.
The franchise started playing in 2000 and they hadn’t won a playoff contest going into this series, but that’s in the past now and the team’s future looks brighter.