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Blue Jackets Make History at Nationwide Tonight!

by Jeff Rimer / Columbus Blue Jackets

April 21

The long awaited, long anticipated first ever Stanley Cup playoff game is here! The Blue Jackets host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series, hoping home ice can make a difference!

The Jackets trail the Wings 2-0 in the series and hope the standing room only crowd can ignite them to victory and I know the fans will do their best....and as coach Hitchcock offered yesterday "we have to inspire them with our effort."

Hitchcock was up beat following today's morning skate and feels his young club has learned a lesson or two from games one and two in Detroit. Said the former cup winning coach... "now we have a legitimate team... some think teams are not legitimate until they make the playoffs. Now we have made it and the city is excited."

As he left the dais this morning... Hitch... who certainly always has a sense of timing... stood up and left this nugget for the gathered media to digest.... Rookie Center Derick Brassard who has been out of the lineup for months after shoulder surgery... has been cleared for contact and is now through two days of full contact drills. He is not likely to be in the lineup tonight... but I think we might just see him in Game 4 Thursday at Nationwide.

For those of you fortunate to have tickets for tonight's game... Enjoy! But for those less fortunate...the game is on Fox Sports Ohio..and Yes its in HD... the next best thing to being there... GO Jackets!

*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings." The Columbus Blue Jackets radio and television analysts will try to keep you updated on all the season action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets are on the road.

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