Congratulations, Blue Jackets fans!

Updated: April 9, 2009, 1:44 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek

Columbus, Ohio, your long local nightmare is over. In the team's eighth season, your Blue Jackets have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Can I get an amen?!

It's absolutely fitting that Rick Nash would be the one to score the goal that officially put the Jackets in the playoffs. He netted the tying tally at the 14:30 mark of the third period against the Hawks in Chicago. The clubs remained tied through regulation time, giving the Jackets the point they needed to clinch a spot. ...

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