Blue Jackets Close Out Season

The Columbus Blue Jackets closed out the season by losing to the St Louis Blues 4-1  in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena Sunday afternoon. 

Interestingly enough, the Columbus Blue Jackets still lost on Sunday afternoon, even after having more shots on goal than the St. Louis Blues.  The Blue Jackets outshot the Blues 36-19 and had almost twice as many shots on goal than the St. Louis Blues did.

Goalie Hannu Toivonen had a great game making 35 saves for the St Louis Blues.

St Louis Blues Center Keith Tkachuk made a milestone by scoring his 500th career goal on a short-handed empty net with 1:44 left in the game and also had an assist.

Maybe the Blue Jackets lost their last game at home because they were playing their last regular season game with 6 of their regular minor league affiliates in the lineup and were without LW Fredrik Modin, RW David Vyborny, C Dan Fritsche, C Jiri Novotny, D Dick Tarnstrom, D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, and LW Jason Chimera. Also the better Goalie Pascal Leclaire (24 wins and 17 losses) was not playing, instead Goalie Fredrik Norrena (finished the season 10 wins and 19 losses) was playing.

The Columbus Blue Jackets finished the season 34-36-12 and have failed to make the playoffs again since becoming a franchise and entering the league in 2000. The season is a little bit of a dissappointment for the Blue Jackets. At one point of the season it looked like the Blue Jackets had a chance at making the playoffs. On the bright side, there is always next season and General Manager Scott Howson has $20 million to spend in the off-season to improve the team.

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