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Coming down the stretch, Blue Jackets pack on experience while playing pressure-packed games

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 1:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Coming down the stretch, Blue Jackets pack on experience while playing pressure-packed games

COLUMBUS, Ohio - There are a lot of reasons why the Columbus Blue Jackets won't make the playoffs, and really only one why they might.

Last in the NHL not so terribly long ago, they've surprised everyone all season. Why not once more?

A cynic would point out they have too many road games (6) and too few at home (2); that the remaining opponents are daunting; and that there are too many good teams to overcome.

Yet after Tuesday night's 4-0 victory over San Jose, the young and restless Blue Jackets are just two points behind eighth-place Detroit with eight games left to play.

If they make it, or if they don't, the club figures to gain from the experience.

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I had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.

— Anton Khudobin recalls a fond memory, explains why he was so sharp in the Hurricanes' 3-0 win against the Capitals on Friday
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