We made it. It's playoff time, everyone.
The Columbus Blue Jackets rounded out their 2018-2019 regular season with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
And with the Philadelphia Flyers loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Blue Jackets are set to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs next week.
About tonight, though - the Blue Jackets started off hot, and were able to coast the rest of the game to cap off the season, and a terrific run to get them into the playoffs. The club won seven of their final eight games and is headed into the postseason seemingly a lot more ready than in seasons past.
Pierre-Luc Dubois set the pace for the Blue Jackets with two goals in the first period. His first came just 3:39 into the game off a no-look dish from Artemi Panarin.
Markus Nutivaara then took a slick feed from Oliver Bjorkstrand and put it home for his fifth goal of the season, after Bjorkstrand undressed his defender.
Dubois then slammed (or ricochet'd) his 27th of the season into the net, which essentially let everyone know the what the outcome of the game would be.
The Senators battled back at times, scoring halfway through the second to cut the lead to 3-1. Then along came Alexandre Texier, recent call-up and top Blue Jackets prospect, who got the first goal of his NHL career to give his club a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Shortly after the Senators cut the lead again to two goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his eighth goal in his last nine games, and Riley Nash scored an empty-netter to give us a final score of 6-2.
Defenseman Ryan Murray missed his 23rd game in a row with an upper body injury. Fellow blueliner Adam McQuaid is day-to-day with what's believed to be a concussion suffered against Montreal last week.
The Blue Jackets' next game will be against the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs next week, in Tampa Bay.
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