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Blue Jackets' tear continues
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Columbus, Ohio • It's not a misprint: The once-woeful Columbus Blue Jackets occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The worst team in the NHL just over a month ago, the Blue Jackets have now gone on a remarkable tear that has lifted them into the midst of the postseason race.

The latest hero was Mark Letestu, who set up the only goal in regulation and then scored the game-winner in overtime to lead the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win Sunday over the Anaheim Ducks. His goal finally helped out Sergei Bobrovsky, the engine of Columbus' out-of-nowhere turnaround, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced.

And the Blue Jackets don't talk as if they're happy just to be respectable.

"The one thing we can't change now is being satisfied," said coach Todd Richards, whose team was 5-12-2 on Feb. 25. "We can't have that. You've climbed the mountain and you get there and you [can't] take a breath." EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Pittsburgh 36 28 8 0 56 123 84

New Jersey 35 15 11 9 39 88 97

N.Y. Rangers 34 16 15 3 35 78 84

N.Y. Islanders 35 16 16 3 35 100 112

Philadelphia 35 15 17 3 33 95 108

Northeast Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Montreal 34 22 7 5 49 107 83

Boston 34 22 8 4 48 97 75

Ottawa 35 19 10 6 44 89 76

Toronto 36 20 12 4 44 112 100

Buffalo 36 13 17 6 32 94 113

Southeast Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Winnipeg 36 18 16 2 38 89 106

Carolina 33 16 15 2 34 92 97

Washington 35 16 17 2 34 102 101

Tampa Bay 34 15 18 1 31 110 103

Florida 36 11 19 6 28 88 125

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Chicago 34 26 5 3 55 116 74

Detroit 35 17 13 5 39 91 92

Columbus 36 15 14 7 37 87 97

St. Louis 33 17 14 2 36 94 93

Nashville 35 14 14 7 35 87 96

Northwest Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Minnesota 34 21 11 2 44 97 86

Vancouver 35 19 10 6 44 92 90

Edmonton 34 14 13 7 35 87 95

Calgary 33 13 16 4 30 93 114

Colorado 34 12 18 4 28 84 108

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Anaheim 35 23 7 5 51 107 90

Los Angeles 35 20 12 3 43 103 88

San Jose 34 17 11 6 40 85 84

Dallas 34 16 15 3 35 94 103

Phoenix 35 14 15 6 34 94 101

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

Sunday's Games

Chicago 7, Detroit 1

Philadelphia 5, Washington 4 (OT)

Los Angeles 3, Dallas 2

Columbus 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)

Boston 2, Buffalo 0

Monday's Games

N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 5 p.m.

Winnipeg at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m.

Carolina at Montreal, 5:30 p.m.

Colorado at Detroit, 5:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Nashville at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.

Calgary at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

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