Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 4-3 OT win over the Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek, right, of the Czech Republic, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Calvert chase a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.
One: Although they won, they looked tentative toward the end of the first and into the beginning of the second period. With the playoffs looming, a full 60-minute game is needed each and every night. There can be no hesitation or tentativeness if they hope to advance past the first round.
Two: Ryan Johansen has emerged as not only a very good player this season, but also as a "clutch" player when the game is on the line. His wicked wrist shot in overtime to secure the two points was a thing of beauty. It was his fourth game-winning goal of the season, all in the last month of play.
Three: Boone Jenner, as had been said here numerous times, is playing with a poise and maturity beyond his years. He’s a power-forward that uses his body well. His goal against Phoenix gives him 15 on the year, within two goals of tying Rick Nash’s rookie season goal-scoring record. And, there’s still three games to play.