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PLAY OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE #5: TYUTIN SAVES THE DAY
Tensions were high, the building was roaring, and the Blue Jackets were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the waning moments of the Apr. 27 regular season finale at Nationwide Arena. The Nashville Predators had pulled goaltender Chris Mason for the extra attacker and were pressing for the tying goal, and a quick attempt from the slot managed to get through Sergei Bobrovsky and the Jackets' defense, but it dropped dangerously in the goal crease.
Fedor Tyutin alertly pounced on the loose puck, swept it out of danger and kept the equalizer off the board for Nashville. The Blue Jackets would go on to a 3-1 victory in front of a sold-out crowd in Columbus.
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PLAY OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE #4: BOBROVSKY SAVES SEVEN
This was that time when the Nashville Predators basically threw the kitchen sink at Sergei Bobrovsky, and he was like "not today."
In the first period of the season finale at Nationwide Arena, the Blue Jackets knew they had to win in order to have a chance at making the Stanley Cup playoffs. With a little help from teams around them, it was possible, but not if they didn't take care of business on home ice one last time.
Nashville came out firing and put a ton of pressure on the Blue Jackets and Bobrovsky in the opening period, and in this particular sequence, they had seven shots on goal in a span of about five seconds - and Bobrovsky rejected every last one of them.
The sold-out crowd at Nationwide Arena stood on its feet for Bobrovsky, who would spearhead the Blue Jackets' 3-1 win over Nashville in one of the more memorable nights at the rink.
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PLAY OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE #3: MARIAN GABORIK GOAL VS. NASHVILLE
Talk about an instant impact.
Hours after being acquired in a blockbuster deal at the NHL trade deadline, Marian Gaborik was picked up in a private plane by John Davidson and the two flew to Nashville together and met his new teammates. The next morning, Gaborik laced 'em up for the first time with the Blue Jackets and played in his first game later that night.
Not only was it his first game (and important for Gaborik), but this was a huge game for the Blue Jackets in a building that has not been kind to them over the years - but this game was different, and this team was different. Brandon Dubinsky did the spade work below the goal line early in the third period, eventually sending a perfect pass to Gaborik's tape that resulted in the game-winning goal.
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PLAYS OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE #2: CAM ATKINSON GOAL VS. DETROIT
It was only a matter of time before opposing teams learned how quickly they'd be tormented by the Blue Jackets forecheck. This candidate for play of the year exemplifies the relentless pressure and puck pursuit that became a hallmark of the Blue Jackets' game down the stretch as they pushed for a playoff spot.
Matt Calvert got this play started by flying into the offensive zone and establishing a forecheck, then slipping below the goal line to apply some heat on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Kronwall, usually a sure-handed blue liner, got a little careless with the puck and Calvert ripped it right off his stick before centering to Atkinson alone in the slot.
Atkinson made no mistake, cashing in on the Red Wings miscue and paying off the hard work by his line mates that got the play started. That type of work ethic and determination helped the Blue Jackets stay in close games and make the plays that they needed to make, and while it's not the flashiest way to play, it was effective.
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PLAYS OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE #1: NICK FOLIGNO GOAL AT NASHVILLE
First goals are always memorable. There are first of careers, season firsts and firsts with a new team. The first Blue Jackets Plays of the Year candidate checks off two of those landmarks. Nick Foligno's power-play tip-in of a shot by Fedor Tyutin was both the Blue Jackets' first goal of the season and the first Foligno scored with his new team.
Foligno was in perfect position for Tyutin's blue-line blast during the season-opening game on January 19 in Nashville. Foligno got just enough of his stick on the puck to redirect it past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne to give the Blue Jackets their first goal of the season. The Blue Jackets had great movement on the power-play on this goal with Vinny Prospal picking up the other assist on the play with the nice pass to Tyutin.
The Blue Jackets went on to beat the Predators 3-2 in a shootout for their first win of the season. Is this your favorite play of the Blue Jackets 2012-13 season? Vote below and let us know!