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Playoff sweep of Tampa Bay named top Blue Jackets moment of 2010s

Fan voting picks the franchise's first-ever postseason series win

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Behind the Battle: Round One

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Join us behind the scenes throughout the historic Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Presidents' Trophy winning Tampa Bay Lightning

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Blue Jackets fans have spoken, and the winner is no surprise.

As we looked back at the 2010s by letting fans vote for their favorite moment of the decade, there was a clear favorite.

And in the end, that favorite was chosen by fans as their top memory. The moment, of course, was the playoff sweep over Tampa Bay last year, a celebration nearly two decades in the making and one of the top playoff upsets in NHL history. 

In the final vote, that moment topped -- with more than 84 percent of the vote -- the time in 2016 when fan favorite Matt Calvert was hit in the face by a puck and left the game, only to return to the game and score the game winner in the third period. While it was the most Matt Calvert of Matt Calvert moments, in the end, CBJ fans picked the best team moment of the 2010s as the winner of the 16-team bracket. 

Watch the video above to relive the sweep, and you can read the description below. Thank you, Blue Jackets fans, for helping us look back at the 2010s and taking part.

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. 

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