A Busy Night For Sports Fans in Columbus

Blue Jackets Fall

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost in overtime to the Boston Bruins, 3-2 in Game One of their NHL playoff series. It was their first loss of the postseason after sweeping Tampa Bay in four games.

Columbus got off to a slow start, giving up a short-handed goal in the first period to Noel Acciari.

 

By the third, the team had rallied, getting goals 13 seconds apart (the fastest in Columbus playoff history) from former Bruin Riley Nash and Pierre-Luc Dubois. However, with 4:35 to play, Charlie Coyle tied the game at two, sending it to overtime, where Coyle's second of the contest capped the evening.

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky recorded 34 saves.

Game Two is Saturday.

Two Buckeyes Drafted In The First Round

At the same time as the Blue Jackets were playing their second-round series, the first round of the NFL Draft was going on in Nashville.

Former Buckeye Nick Bosa was picked second by the San Francisco 49ers.

That makes him the third member of his family to go in the first round. (Brother Joey was selected third by the Chargers in 2016, and his father John went 16th overall to the Miami Dolphins after wrapping up his collegiate career at Boston College in 1987.)

 

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins joined Washington, hearing his name called 15th overall. He accomplished something we haven't seen in decades in the process.

So Ohio State had multiple first-round picks for a fourth straight year, and their 81 total first-round picks ties USC for most all-time.

The second and third round of the draft are Friday night. Dre'Mont Jones, Parris Campbell, and Terry McLaurin are among the former Buckeyes still waiting to start the next stage of their career.

Bengals Take an Offensive Lineman

The first selection of new Bengals coach Zac Taylor was Alabama tackle Jonah Williams. The team's website notes this about the 11th overall pick:

"In 2018 at Alabama Williams played 466 pass block snaps, and he did not allow a sack. Going back to his sophomore season, he allowed just one sack in 840 pass blocking snaps."

The Browns, meanwhile, didn't have a first round pick. They had traded it away to get receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.

A Buckeye Legend Passes

John Havlicek died at the age of 79. The Basketball Hall of Famer has his number 17 retired by the Celtics, while his number 5 hangs in the rafters of Ohio State's Schottenstein Center. He also won championships at both levels. In fact, after Boston drafted him 9th overall, he went on to win 8 titles with the team.

It was 1960 when he won it all with the Buckeyes, but his best season came during his senior season of 1961-62. That year, he averaged nearly 17 points per game, was a captain and a consensus All-American.

Overall, the Lansing, Ohio native scored 1,223 points during his collegiate career. His teams went a combined 78-6 while going to three straight Final Fours.

He was also drafted by the Cleveland Browns before ending up as the last player they cut in 1962.

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