P.L.D X Three


If you remember the Blue Jackets improbable 4-game sweep of top-seed Tampa Bay last year, Thursday night's 4-3 overtime win in game 3 of the Jackets playoff series with Toronto may have produced a deja vu. In game one of the Tampa series, the Jackets trailed 3-0 in the second period and looked dead on the ice, but rallied for a 4-3 win. Thursday in Toronto, it was 3-0 Maple Leafs midway through the game, when the Jackets flipped the script again, coming all the way back to win in overtime. Coach John Tortorella, after the Leafs third goal, pulled starting goalie Joonas Korpisalo, in favor of rookie Elvis Merzlikins and the momentum changed. The Jackets came to life behind the outstanding play of Pierre Luc-Dubois. His second period goal started the comeback. Trailing 3-1 entering the third period, Seth Jones fired in a goal to make it 3-2 and then Dubois struck for the second time to even the score. Merlikins made a handful of big saves late in regulation and in overtime to set the stage for Dubois again. Alexandre Texier made an outstanding defensive play in the Jackets zone, made a great feed to Dubois who had gotten behind the defense, and Dubois beat Toronto goalie Frederik Anderson, giving the CBJ an epic victory. Former Blue Jackets enforcer and Fox Sports Ohio analyst Jody Shelley joined Joel Riley and me Friday morning to break down the win and also look ahead to game four. The Jackets and Leafs go at it again Friday night with the CBJ needing one more win to advance. Great stuff as always from Jody. If you missed it, you can check it out by clicking here to go to Joel's podcast page.

Below are some of the highlights, including the dramatic game winner, as well as the postgame comments of Dubois and Tortorella.