Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 3-2 OT loss to the Avalanche

One: A slow start with non-crisp passing is no way to get into playoff form. Columbus needs to start getting "up" for games from the first drop of the puck. There was very little of that in the first period.

Two: The second period was where they got their mojo working. They had sustained pressure in the Colorado zone and were able to cycle the puck with relative ease. Scoring a couple of goals helped to keep the Avs at bay.

Three: Although one point is good, two points are better. That is never more magnified than at this time of year, in this tight of a playoff race. Columbus holds onto 8th place (2nd wildcard) in the East. How important will that one extra point become over the next 11 days?