Hockey: Blue Jackets clinch playoff berth


Hockey: Blue Jackets clinch playoff berth

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Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrates with teammates after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The Blue Jackets clinched a playoff spot with the win. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Lukas Sedlak and Brandon Dubinsky scored on penalty shots and the Columbus BlueJackets clinched their third playoff berth in franchise history with a victory over the New Jersey Devils.

The win was the fourth straight for the BlueJackets, gave them their first 100-point season and moved them into a tie with Washington for the NHL’s best record with 11 games left. Columbus, which joined the league in 2000, last made the playoffs in 2014.

This was only the third time in NHL history that a team scored twice in a game on penalty shots. Thomas Gradin and Ivan Hlinka of Vancouver did it against Detroit in 1982, and Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton of San Jose converted against Washington in 2009.

Boone Jenner added two goals, one short-handed and the other into an empty net. Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves for Columbus, which is 12-3-1 in its last 16 games.

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