COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets got back into the hunt today after soundly beating division rivals the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 4-2. The win came in front of a large crowd of Jacket supporters at Nationwide Arena, many of whom made their way to the players' exit after the game to cheer on the team as they left the rink.

Although the Jackets have just begun a 3-game homestand, GM-Eric is treating this week as a road trip, meaning the players are being transported to and from the arena by bus and are required to stay in a hotel together. "I feel like our team plays better on the road, so for the next little while we're just going to pretend that we're on the road even though we're here in Columbus. If things work out as I hope, I'll be extending this so-called road trip indefinitely", said GM-Eric.

The players, however, are less than thrilled with the idea. "A lot of us have families to take care of, you know. It's already hard that we're gone half of the year, so preventing us from going home even when we're in town is just wrong", said star defenseman Joe Corvo.

Next up for the Blue Jackets are the Winnipeg Jets, who will be in town on Sunday night. Then on Monday it will be the Minnesota Wild facing off at Nationwide. Both games are nearly sold out.

- BJ Express