NHL April 5 2019 – Blue Jackets Grab Last Berth
FRIDAY’S RESULTS – Home Team in Caps
- Columbus 3, NY RANGERS 2 (SO)
- CHICAGO 6, Dallas 1
- ANAHEIM 5, Los Angeles 2
BLUE JACKETS LOCK UP FINAL BERTH IN 2019 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
The Rangers tied the game with 6.1 seconds remaining in regulation, but Artemi Panarin (1-0—1) scored the only goal of the shootout as the Blue Jackets (46-31-4, 96 points) clinched the 16th and final berth in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Columbus returns to the postseason for the third consecutive year and fifth time in franchise history in search of its first playoff series win. The Blue Jackets will aim to become the third NHL franchise in the past two seasons to earn its first series victory, with the Golden Knights and Jets each doing so during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs en route to a showdown in the Western Conference Final.
WITH LOTS STILL AT STAKE ON FINAL DAY OF 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON
The Central Division title, six of eight First Round matchups and nine of 16 playoff seeds will be decided on the final day of the 2018-19 regular season. Thirty of 31 teams will be in action across 15 games on Saturday, with only the Ducks idle.
* The Predators (46-29-6, 98 points; 1st in Central) will attempt to fend off challenges from the Jets (46-30-5, 97 points; 2nd in Central) and Blues (44-28-9, 97 points; 3rd in Central) for the Central Division title when they face the Blackhawks, Coyotes and Canucks, respectively.
* Did You Know? This marks the third season in NHL history to conclude with three teams in the running for a division title on the final day of play – this also happened in 2005-06 (NYR, NJD, PHI in Atlantic Division) and 2011-12 (PHX, LAK, SJS in Pacific Division).
* In 2005-06, New Jersey (46-27-9, 101 points) earned a 4-3 victory at Montreal on the final day of the regular season to capture the Atlantic Division – barely edging Philadelphia (45-26-11, 101 points) by virtue of owning one more win. The Devils went on to reach the Conference Semifinals, suffering a five-game defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes.
* In 2011-12, Phoenix (42-27-13, 97 points) triumphed at Minnesota on the final day to secure the Pacific Division crown – concluding the season one point ahead of San Jose (43-29-10, 96 points) and two points up on Los Angeles (40-27-15, 95 points). The third-seeded Kings, however, went on to defeat the first-seeded Coyotes in the Conference Finals en route to capturing their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
* The Islanders (47-27-7, 101 points; 2nd in Metropolitan) will seek to maintain second place in the Metropolitan Division standings ahead of the Penguins (44-26-11, 99 points; 3rd in Metropolitan), while the Hurricanes (45-29-7, 97 points; Wild Card No. 1 in East), Blue Jackets (46-31-4, 96 points; Wild Card No. 2 in East), Stars (42-32-7, 91 points; Wild Card No. 1 in West) and Avalanche (38-29-14, 90 points; Wild Card No. 2 in West) will look to improve a position in their respective Conference brackets.
KANE BOOSTS CAREER-HIGH POINT TOTAL TO 109
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored twice to boost his career-high point total to 109 (44-65—109 in 80 GP). Kane became the second player in franchise history to record at least 109 points in a season; he joined Denis Savard, who accomplished the feat four times – most recently 31 years ago in 1987-88 (44-87—131 in 80 GP).
TWENTY-ONE DIFFERENT BIRTH COUNTRIES REPRESENTED IN 2018-19
Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier, a second-round pick (45th overall) by Columbus in the 2017 NHL Draft, made his League debut after being recalled from the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters on Thursday. Texier (St. Martin D’heres, France) became the 12th France-born player in League history to appear in at least one NHL game (regular season and/or playoffs).
* Among players to appear in at least one game this season, 21 different countries of birth have been represented.
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