Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have defeated long-time rivals St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals.

Despite the season series favouring the Jackets (3-1-2), NEFHL analysts were unanimous in believing that GM-Phil's team would walk all over Columbus. But that wasn't the case, as the Jackets defeated the Blues by the score of 5 to 4 earlier tonight to secure their path into the second round. 

After a slow start to the game, the teams traded goals in the dying minutes of the first period. That set the scene for a Jackets onslaught in the second frame. T.J. Oshie netted his first of the post-season thanks to a 3-on-1 break early in the period, and Alex Steen followed-up with a hard slapper short side to beat Blues goalies Nikolai Khabibulin at the 6-minute mark. After a brief rest in the dressing room, the teams treated the fans at Scottrade Centre to a third period that will surely go down in NEFHL history.

Alex Steen opened the period with his 2nd of the game and 4th of the playoffs to give Columbus the 4-1 advantage. At this point, fans started exiting the arena and GM-Phil tried in vain to forfeit the game and avoid further embarassment. Fortunately for him, the game continued and St. Louis woke up at the 9-minute mark of the period to score 3 consecutive goals. GM-Eric, who was following the game via txt message updates being provided by the NEFHL head office in Budapest, Hungary, nearly threw himself out of a 20th floor window when he saw his lead disappear. But in epic Columbus fashion, stay-at-home defenseman Kevin Klein scored the series-winning goal with 1 minute left in the game to send the nearly 4,000 Jackets fans in attendance into ecstacy.

Having taken care of their divisional rivals, the Jackets are now heading to Calgary to face JD and the Flames in the second round. Once again, NEFHL analysts are predicting a quick exit for Columbus. We'll see about that.

-BJ Express