I-71 Report: A Historic Season
The Monsters NHL Affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, made their third Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in franchise history.
Blue Jackets Report
The historic 2016-17 season for the Columbus Blue Jackets came to a close last Thursday night in Pittsburgh as they fell to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins 5-2, ending the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series 4-1 in favor of the Penguins. The Blue Jackets season ended with 50 wins, 108 points including a record setting 16-game win streak. The series also included Columbus’ first ever regulation home playoff win.
"I'm proud of our club. I like a lot of things about our club. We have to lick our wounds and learn from some of the things that went on in this series. But I can't wait to get going again with them, quite honestly,” Head Coach John Tortorella told BlueJackets.com.
Stanley Cup Playoff firsts came for a trio of former Monsters starting on April 16th in Game 3 when Zach Werenski notched his first career playoff goal and Oliver Bjorkstrand's 3rd period assist secured his first career NHL playoff point with an assist during Game Three. Josh Anderson followed up those performance in Game 4 whe he tallied his first career playoff goal.
Werenski is among three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding rookie as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and right wing Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets join Zach as finalists for the award.
Blue Jackets Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, which honors the National Hockey League's most outstanding goaltender as voted by league general managers. This is the second time in his career Bobrovsky has been nominated, he won the award back in 2012-13.