N.J. (AP) — Lukas Sedlak and Brandon Dubinsky scored on penalty shots
and the Columbus Blue Jackets clinched their third playoff berth in
franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on
This was only the third time in NHL history that a team
scored twice in a game on penalty shots. Thomas Gradin and Ivan Hlinka
of Vancouver did it against Detroit in 1982, and Ryane Clowe and Joe
Thornton of San Jose converted against Washington in 2009.
was the fourth straight for the Blue Jackets, gave them their first
100-point season and moved them into a tie with Washington for the NHL's
best record with 11 games left. Columbus, which joined the league in
2000, last made the playoffs in 2014.
Boone Jenner added two
goals, one short-handed and the other into an empty net. Sergei
Bobrovsky made 35 saves for Columbus, which is 12-3-1 in its last 16
Adam Henrique scored for the Devils, whose season is all but over after falling to 1-10-2 in its last 13.
which was its second game in as many days, jumped to a 2-0 lead with a
pair of short-handed goals on the Devils' first two power plays.
who was in the lineup because Alexander Wennberg was hurt on Saturday
against the Islanders, was taken down by Devils defenseman Andy Greene
on a breakaway a minute after Josh Anderson was sent off for tripping.
his penalty shot, Sedlak skated to the edge of the right circle, cut
toward the middle and beat Cory Schneider with a low shot to the left
corner for his seventh goal.
With Matt Calvert off for tripping,
Jenner outworked three Devils behind the net to gain control of the puck
and eventually knocked the rebound of Jack Johnson's shot off Schneider
at 10:23 for his 15th goal.
Henrique got the Devils back into the
game just seven seconds later, breaking in after taking a pass from
Pavel Zacha and sliding the puck between the legs of Bobrovsky.
converted the second penalty shot at 6:28 of the second period after
Anderson was taken down on a breakaway by Dalton Prout. Anderson was
hurt on the play and there was some confusion about who would take the
Columbus coach John Tortorella initially sent out Sam Gagner
to take it, but the officials ruled that he was not on the ice at the
time of the penalty. Dubinsky took it, beating Schneider high to the
left corner with a move similar to the one by Sedlak.
Devils dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen. ... The Blue Jackets,
who first made the playoffs in 2009, won the season series 3-1. ...
Anderson returned to the ice in the second period and quickly had an
end-to-end rush. ...Bobrovsky has won seven straight. ... Columbus has
never won a playoff series.
Blue Jackets: Host Toronto on Wednesday night.
Devils: Host the Rangers on Tuesday night.