X Marks The Spot: Columbus Blue Jackets

Nate SantoianniCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO. - MARCH 28: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Bluejackets celebrates his goal against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on March 28, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Blues won 4-3 in a shootout.  (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

A historical night for the Columbus Blue Jackets: They clinched their first playoff berth ever with a shootout win against the Blackhawks.

My only gripe about this game is that the play was sloppy from the CBJ perspective.

I felt that they were playing too timid and trying to force plays. The better playoff teams keep the play smart, and simple. Know your system and make quick, smart decisions and I think they need to further simplify their play in order to be successful.

It’s nice to know that with 92-points they have a better chance of hanging on to the sixth spot.

I feel like I’d rather play against Calgary at this point then anyone else up there.

That being said, we’ll now need to make sure Vancouver doesn’t win out the division.

If that happens, then it’s going to be a tough battle against players like the Sedins, Sundi, and Luongo.

Let’s hope for the best now into the post-season, but I must say it’s pretty nice to know that they’re guaranteed a spot.

Now, we need to start a new cheer in Nationwide Arena.