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Blue Line Buzz: Blue Line Disappointments

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

The #Lumbus dream ended in heartbreak on Saturday night. The Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that was never supposed to be even remotely near the playoff hunt saw their faint glimmer of hope extinguish when the Minnesota Wild secured a 3-1 victory in Denver over the Avalanche, and subsequently the eight seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Blue Jackets took care of their own situation with a 3-1 comeback victory over Nashville, getting late goals from Brandon Dubinsky and Jack Johnson to get the win.

The Columbus story took on a life of its own the last two weeks as the Jackets' improbable run toward the postseason, going 8-2 over their final two games and creating a Hart Trophy candidate out of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Yes, the Sergei Bobrovsky who won 28 games as a rookie with Philadelphia and was relegate

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