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The top 10 wins of 2018-19 for the Blue Jackets

Looking back at the most memorable victories of the year for Columbus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets won a lot of games this past season. 

Fifty-two to be exact, which if you combine the regular season and the postseason is the most in one season in franchise history.  

They say a win is a win, but some wins are better than others. So we decided to look back and circle the ones that were a little extra special. Here's a list of the top 10 wins, as voted on by a panel of one, in the 2018-19 season. Agree or disagree? Let me know on Twitter at @JacketsInsider. 

10: 3-2 (OT) at Detroit on Oct. 4 

Our first win on the list is the team's first win of the season in the series opener in Little Caesars Arena. Columbus never trailed in the win, taking a 1-0 lead on Cam Atkinson's goal and a 2-1 advantage on Josh Anderson's tally. Detroit tied the score late in the second and the teams didn't score in the third, leading to overtime. Artemi Panarin then ended things at 2:11 of OT, skating his way to open ice before firing a shot by Jimmy Howard. It started a season in which Columbus was a master of overtime, going 8-3 in the 3-on-3 format and 2-1 in shootouts. 

Video: Panarin scores in OT to give Blue Jackets 3-2 win 

9: 7-4 vs. Boston on March 12 

Columbus entered this game in the midst of a woeful scoring slump, including three shutouts and just eight goals scored in the previous six games. But the Blue Jackets exploded while chasing Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, scoring three goals in the first, two more in the second and two in the third. Boone Jenner notched a hat trick, Ryan Dzingel scored his first goal with the team, while Josh Anderson, Matt Duchene and Zach Werenski also scored. Anderson and Werenski each had four points, and one of the highlights was a fight between Panarin and Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy. 

Video: Jenner's hat trick lifts Blue Jackets by Bruins, 7-4

8: 2-1 (OT) at Washington on Jan. 12 

Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo turned in a fantastic performance with 32 saves and the Blue Jackets took an overtime victory against the defending champs in Capital One Arena. Atkinson scored just a minute into the game on a breakaway from a fantastic feed by Markus Nutivaara, and Columbus held the lead all the way until 1:06 remained when Evgeni Kuznetsov blew a slap shot by Korpisalo. But the Jackets earned a power play in overtime and Panarin blasted a shot past Pheonix Copley for the winner, which drew an avian-inspired celebration from the Jackets. 

Video: Panarin powers Blue Jackets past Capitals in OT

7: 3-2 (2OT) at Boston, Game 2, April 27 

Unfortunately, we all know how the series ended, but Columbus won a marathon in Game 2 at Boston to tie what turned into a fantastic series at one win apiece. Two Panarin goals tied the score at 1-1 and 2-2, sending the teams to overtime for the second game in a row to start the series. Sergei Bobrovsky made a couple of fantastic saves late in OT to keep the Jackets in it, and it paid off 3:42 into OT on the power play as Duchene found a rebound it front and slid it through the legs of Rask to set off a big celebration on the TD Garden ice. 

Video: Blue Jackets even series with Game 2 win in 2OT

6: 6-2 vs. Montreal, March 28 

In a game with huge playoff implications, two teams battling for a postseason spot met in Nationwide Arena and Columbus dealt the Canadiens' case a huge blow with the blowout win on home ice. The Habs actually led twice in the game, but Columbus pulled away with five unanswered goals in a game that brought the Jackets even with Montreal in the standings with a game in hand. Oliver Bjorkstrand tied the game before a beautiful goal in which Duchene created some space and fed Panarin across the slot for a finish past Carey Price. Riley Nash, Bjorkstrand and Brandon Dubinsky scored in the third as the Jackets pulled away to the delight of more than 18,000 home fans. 

Video: Bjorkstrand scores two as Blue Jackets beat Habs, 6-2

5. 3-2 (shootout) at New York Rangers, April 5 

It wasn't always pretty but Columbus clinched a playoff spot with a win in Madison Square Garden. The debut of Alexandre Texier was the pregame buzz, but the Rangers led 1-0 after two periods as it looked like the Blue Jackets were on the cusp of blowing their game-in-hand cushion over the Habs in the standings. But Dzingel and Panarin scored in the third, giving Columbus a 2-1 lead. The Jackets were mere seconds from clinching a postseason spot, but Pavel Buchnevich scored in the dying seconds. The overtime gave Columbus a key point in the standings, and the playoff spot was clinched in the shootout when Panarin scored and Bobrovsky stopped all three shots he faced, punctuating his game-winning and playoff-clinching save on Tony DeAngelo with a fist pump. 

Video: Blue Jackets top Rangers in SO to clinch playoff spot

4. 4-3 at Vegas, Feb. 9 

Columbus finished off a three-city road trip with a third win in as many games by coming back to down Vegas in front of a fired-up Saturday night crowd on the Strip. An early goal by Anderson was canceled out by two Golden Knights goals later in the first. Panarin tied things in the second but Vegas took another lead with Cody Eakin's tally with 10:33 to play. But Atkinson wasn't about to let the Jackets leave empty-handed, as he scored off a long pass from Panarin with 5:12 to go and then potted the winner on the power play with a snipe past Marc-Andre Fleury with 2:39 left. The Blue Jackets then got through a marathon shift at the end, and Bobrovsky helped shut the door on the win. 

Video: Blue Jackets rally to beat Golden Knights, 4-3

3. 4-3 at Tampa Bay, Game 1, April 10 

The Blue Jackets opened the playoffs with a stunning comeback win that would eventually key the series sweep over the Lightning. The pre-series chatter was all about the Lightning, who tied the NHL wins record with 62 victories on the season, and Tampa Bay looked like it as it opened a 3-0 lead in the opening period. But Bobrovsky's save on Nikita Kucherov early in the second was a turning point, as was Nick Foligno's breakaway goal later in the period. Then, in the third, David Savard juked Victor Hedman and scored, Anderson tied things with a shorthanded goal and Seth Jones blasted a power-play shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy with 5:55 to go to complete the comeback.  

Video: Blue Jackets rally to stun Lightning in Game 1

2. 4-1 vs. Pittsburgh, March 9 

Our top regular-season game on the list was likely a favorite of Blue Jackets fans, who delight in any victory over the Penguins. This one was crucial with the Blue Jackets coming off a shutout loss two days earlier in Pittsburgh and battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus had lost three of four and four of six and hadn't beaten Pittsburgh all year, but Jenner needed just 2:31 to put the Blue Jackets on top off a nice feed from Anderson. Atkinson's shorthanded goal in the second doubled the lead, and Columbus finished it off in front of a roaring crowd as Bjorkstrand scored a nifty goal with 3:01 to go and Atkinson added an empty-netter. 

Video: Atkinson scores twice as Blue Jackets top Penguins

1. 7-3 vs. Tampa Bay, Game 4, April 16 

It was the night Columbus waited for for almost two decades. A rollicking crowd of 19,328 got to see history as the Blue Jackets earned their first-ever playoff series win with the victory over the Lightning. It was a wild game of twists and turns, as Texier and Pierre-Luc Dubois gave Columbus a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the game before Tampa Bay battled back to make it a 3-3 game late in the second. But just 54 seconds later, on a delayed penalty, Bjorkstrand slammed home a loose puck to give Columbus the lead it never would give up. Bobrovsky was huge during the third period before empty-net goals from Panarin, Texier and Duchene sewed things up.  

Video: Blue Jackets complete stunning sweep of Lightning

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