COLUMBUS, Ohio - Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky says he's over the disappointment of Russia's Olympic failure in hockey. Now he's committed to getting the Columbus Blue Jackets into the playoffs.
The Blue Jackets will return Thursday night at New Jersey in their first game back after the NHL's Olympic hiatus.
The club is fourth in the Metro Division, three points out of third and in the thick of the wild-card chase in the East.
With 24 games over the next 6 1/2 weeks, the Blue Jackets need a strong finish. They'll need a repeat of what they put together a year ago, going from last place to tying for a playoff spot by closing with a 19-5-5 record.
Marian Gaborik is back from a broken collarbone, which caused him to miss the Sochi Games.
It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy. Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.
— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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