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The Tampa sweep vs. Matt Calvert: Pick the CBJ moment of the 2010s

Our bracket of the top memory of the decade is down to the final vote

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /


The 2010s produced 10 years of great moments for the Blue Jackets.

From playoff wins to overtime thrillers, incredible comebacks to All-Star festivities, Columbus had a lot to cheer for over the decade. 

But which moment was the best?

Blue Jackets fans have spoken, and we're down to two possibilities.

The top moment of the decade will celebrate either the top team accomplishment or the toughest individual accomplishment from 2010-19. We're down to the finals of our 16-moment fan bracket, and either the team's 2019 playoff sweep of Tampa Bay or Matt Calvert's goal against the Rangers after taking a puck to the face will emerge as the top moment. 

And don't forget, one fan who votes will win a signed Blue Jackets player jersey from one of the decade's top players.

Fans can vote here for the winner. Read more about the two choices below. 

April 10-16, 2019 -- Columbus wins its first playoff round by sweeping Tampa Bay: On paper, it seemed like a historic mismatch. Tampa Bay romped its way through the regular season, tying an NHL record with 62 victories while leading the NHL in scoring, power-play percentage and penalty kill percentage. Columbus, meanwhile, appeared to be sputtering its way out of the playoffs before winning seven of its last eight to clinch a postseason berth. It was billed as hockey's version of David and Goliath, and it appeared to be going to script when the Lightning took a 3-0 lead in the first period of Game 1. But Sergei Bobrovsky made a huge save to keep it that way, and Columbus battled back to take a 4-3 win. From there, the tight checking, physical Blue Jackets -- boosted by a strong power play, excellent goaltending and an opportunistic offense -- dominated Game 2 by a 5-1 score, then returned home to gut out a Game 3 win by a 3-1 score. Game 4 was nothing short of deafening in Nationwide Arena, with Columbus going up 2-0 early, taking a 4-3 lead on Oliver Bjorkstrand's goal late in the second and then clinching it with a trio of empty-netters in the third. Finally, a form of jubilation that had escaped the franchise for its history was real. 

Nov. 18, 2016 -- Matt Calvert gets hit with a slap shot, then scores the winner vs. New York: There may be no more Matt Calvert tale than this one. It was a random November night, early in the year, but the gritty winger's toughness was on full display against the Rangers. He put his body on the line to block a shot by Nick Holden in the second period and immediately crumpled to the ice when it hit him right in the face, covering the ice with blood. Calvert left with a towel to his face, but it wasn't enough to keep him down, as he returned to the game with his head wrapped in bandages. Then, with 8:25 to go, he won the game, breaking a 2-2 tie by streaking down the right wing shorthanded and firing a wrist shot past Henrik Lundqvist.  

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