So when the Blue Jackets entered the third period of Sunday's game in San Jose with a two-goal lead it looked to be all but wrapped up. But the Sharks are a dangerous team and capable of scoring goals in bunches, and they managed to get enough shots at Bobrovsky to get two past him to tie the game late.
And that's when Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen stepped up and scored the game-winner in a 4-3 win with less than two minutes to play.
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And let's not overlook the play R.J. Umberger makes at the blue line to force the turnover to set up Johansen for the goal.
It's plays and games like this that make it seem like Columbus is really going to pull this off.
Thanks to Sunday's win the Blue Jackets remain in the No. 8 spot of the Western Conference playoff race, three points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings (the Red Wings have two games in hand) and tied with the suddenly slumping Minnesota Wild for the seventh spot.
Not only does Columbus have a legitimate shot to make the playoffs after starting the season 5-12-4, the Blue Jackets actually have a chance to finish as the No. 7 seed.
This crazy league.