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A Full Nationwide Arena equals a great show

 
A Full Nationwide Arena equals a great show

No the Blue Jackets did not beat the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and James Neal showed the packed house at Nationwide Arena exactly why they are the best team in the Metropolitan Division by a long shot.

But Columbus was reminded once again of its great potential as a hockey city. Electric crowd, anticipatory atmosphere and not a ticket to be had through the box office.

When the Jackets sell their home rink out as they did Sunday, there are few better places around the NHL to witness a hockey game.

The Jackets dictated play for much of the game which only added fuel to the fire inside Nationwide.

The outcome was not what the packed house wanted but for those keen enough to look beyond the final score, it was pretty clear there is something else happening on the corner of Neil and McConnel.

The slow brick-by-brick building of this organization is humming along nicely. There are not building shelves for displaying the Stanley Cup just yet but foundations for success are being laid everywhere.

On the roster, those seeds of future success have names like Johansen and Murray.

In the excutive suite the names are Davidosn and Kekelainen.

In the seats, the names of your neighbors and co-workers support the idea that something is in the works with a franchise that has only tasted the post-season one time.

Keep watching. Keep supporting. You'll want to see you were on board when the corner was turned.

When it happens, you won't find an empty seat in the house.

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