Final: Penguins 4 Blue Jackets 3
FoxSportsOhio: Good showing not good enough for Blue Jackets
"Learning is part of it, but we aren't here just to go to school," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "The learning comes throught the experiences. We're here to win. We came here expecting to win but it didn't happen."
Blue Jackets grab lead, can't hold it
The Columbus Blue Jackets took their first ever lead in the NHL playoffs, when Jack Johnson scored six minute into the game. They increased their lead to 3-1 early in the 2nd period, only to see the Penguins rally to win 4-3. The Penguins are 6-0-0 vs Columbus this season. The Blue Jackets are 0-5 in postseason history.
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 16: Jack Johnson #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets scores past Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 16, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
NHL.com: Why the Blue Jackets will win the Stanley Cup
The Columbus Blue Jackets will need to use that us-against-the-world mentality from the opening face-off of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
At the start of the season, the Blue Jackets were long shots to make the postseason, but the fact they are now among the remaining 16 teams still standing speaks to the character and never-say-quit attitude needed this time of the year.
That is the attitude which will carry Columbus to its first Stanley Cup in franchise history.