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After a season of firsts, Columbus Blue Jackets hoping to build on close series with Penguins

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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After a season of firsts, Columbus Blue Jackets hoping to build on close series with Penguins

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For most NHL teams, getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs is hardly a watershed moment.

The Columbus Blue Jackets — a doormat for so long — feel as if it's a turning point, a tentative step to transforming the once sorry club.

In a season of firsts — most wins, most goals, first post-season wins — the Blue Jackets are left to deal with their last game, a crazy comeback from a 4-0 deficit falling just short in Game 6 against the favoured Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Now one of the youngest teams in the league has established an identity as a hard-working bunch with blossoming talent.

The Blue Jackets, their playoff beards shaved, believe the future is bright.

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