Now that they have their first-ever win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets are hungry for more success.
Now that they have one win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets are ready to taste that success again.
With left winger Matt Calvert's goal 1:10 into the second overtime of a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center in game two of their best-of-seven showdown Saturday night, the Blue Jackets tallied their first-ever win in the postseason, but they are not content with having evened the series at 1-1 heading into game three Monday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
"For sure, it's a big step for us," Calvert told Fox Sports Ohio after the win. "It's a one-one series, and I think that was the big goal for us after losing game one. We thought we had a chance at winning it, just didn't get enough goals, and it was great to split in Pittsburgh. Now, it's time to bring it back in front of our great fans.
"It was great. It was the first one for the organization, and that's a huge goal for us. Our one thing was to get into the playoffs this year, but the next was the first win. The first series win is the next goal after that. We had a lot of fun with it. We're excited, but we know it's a long series. We've got to move on."
Since entering the NHL in 2000, the Blue Jackets have appeared in only one other playoff series, back in 2009. However, they were swept out of the postseason by their then-Western Conference rival, the Detroit Red Wings, in four games.
Then, after qualifying for the postseason and earning the top wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, the Blue Jackets held a 3-1 lead against the Penguins in the second period of game one, but Pittsburgh responded by scoring three unanswered goals in the come-from-behind victory.
Despite the history, the Blue Jackets played Saturday's game like any other, with the focus squarely on the outcome and nothing else.
"For me, it's always about moving forward, what's going to happen next," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "What's next on our agenda? What's going to happen tomorrow? For me, it's a great win for our hockey team. For a lot of people back in Columbus, our fans in particular, people who have been devoted to our organization, it's big for them. For me, all it is is one win and you've got to win four. That was the message to the team, 'Enjoy it, but you've got to win four.'"
Center Brandon Dubinsky added, "I'm not sure that we felt the pressure from the first win in here. This is a much different group than has been in the organization for the last 13, 14 years and we believed in this group all along. You don't win anything with one win, and that's our mentality in here. We're just going to continue to keep going, keep grinding it out and expect a harder game in game three."