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That's why you're out in six. It's tough in the playoffs. We have a number of things we need to get better at, as individuals and as a team."There are reasons to be optimistic about the future of this young team. It battled through slumps and myriad injuries to key players, climbing back in the Metropolitan Division race with a 10-game winning streak. It played its grittiest hockey in February and March and emerged as a wild card from a mix of teams that all came on strong to finish."I'm so proud to lead this team http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-tre_davious-white-jersey" rel="nofollow">Cheap Tre'Davious White Jersey , but I just want to see something good happen for our team," said captain Nick Foligno, who scored two goals on Monday. "I want us to realize the potential we have in here, and I want it to happen now."RECORDS AND FIRSTSColumbus traded last offseason for forward Artemi Panarin, who became the star the team had hoped he would be. He broke Rick Nash's franchise record for points with 82 (27 goals, 55 assists).He was great in the first three games of the playoffs but went quiet as Washington figured out how to pressure him.The Blue Jackets sorely need another guy performing at Panarin's level. That could turn out to be Pierre Luc-Dubois, who broke franchise rookie records this season for goals and points (20-28-48). He centered the top line next to Panarin, and Tortorella said the playoffs contributed to his growth."At 19 years old, pushed into the forefront as far as being our No. 1 center and coming into this series against a team that's pretty deep in the middle, he handled himself very well," Tortorella said. "Were there some minutes he struggled? Yeah http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-tre_davious-white-jersey" rel="nofollow">Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey , but he's 19. It's just a great process for him to go through early in his career."SPARKLING BLUE LINEThe first-line defensive duo of Zach Werenski and Seth Jones again was one of the best in the NHL. Both set franchise scoring records for defensemen with 16 goals apiece. Werenski is just 20, and Jones is 23. That line should be strong for years to come.QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONSAfter losing in the first round of each of four playoffs in its 17-season history, Columbus remains the only currently existing NHL franchise to never have won a playoff series.What can get the Blue Jackets over the hump?Another elite sniper to complement Panarin?A much better season from forward Cam Atkinson? The former All-Star was the team's leading scorer last season but missed 17 games because of injury this time and never found his mojo. Other usually reliable forwards – including Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner – also were unspectacular.Will the Blue Jackets pay up to keep Bobrovsky and Panarin? Both Russians have contracts that run through next season but are eligible for extensions in July. Panarin, who made $6 million against the cap this season, will be able to command a big raise.— SAN JOSE, Calif. 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I thought we had some good moments and some moments we didn't handle well, but we found a way, and that's been the story all year."Hertl scored just 1:16 after the Ducks finally got a puck past Jones when he deflected a point shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic past John Gibson. San Jose then held on to advance to the second round against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.Fourth-line winger Marcus Sorensen had a goal for the third straight game to open the scoring for San Jose and Jones did most of the rest of the work with 30 saves. He robbed Corey Perry several times and got help from a replay review that negated an apparent tying goal early in the third."When you play a team up against the wall like that you know they're going to come with a push," Jones said. "They gave us everything they had and it was tough but the guys did a great job. We had a couple of huge penalty kills, some huge blocked shots. It was a gutsy way to win there."Andrew Cogliano scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who were outscored 16-4 in the series and swept for the first time since 1999 against Detroit. Gibson finished with 22 saves."We came at them pretty hard, obviously a couple of bounces here and there and it's a different hockey game," captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "Their goaltender played absolutely outstanding, we just couldn't get it by him."Gibson was unable to match the play of Jones, who had a shutout in Game 1 http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-christian-mccaffrey-jersey" rel="nofollow">Cheap Christian McCaffrey Jersey , set a San Jose playoff record with 45 regulation saves in Game 3 and posted a .970 save percentage for the series. He was at his best in the clincher that gave the Sharks their second sweep in franchise history after also doing it in the first round in 2013 against Vancouver.Jones robbed Perry with a pad stop early in the second and then again twice in one sequence later in the period. Anaheim looked poised to capitalize on a late power play in the period but Jones stopped Perry once again with a sprawling pad save."It definitely was our best game and it still wasn't enough," Perry said. "You play this way the first couple of games you never know what would happen, that's the frustrating part."Getzlaf then finally got a puck past Jones, although it came a fraction of a second after the final buzzer. Referee Eric Furlatt emphatically waved the goal off on the ice and Getzlaf could only lean on the goal in frustration over the failed opportunity.That frustration only grew as the power play continued into the third period. Rickard Rakell appeared to tie the game with a one-timer but the Sharks challenged the zone entry and the officials ruled Perry and Rakell were offside after video review.Cogliano finally scored for Anaheim off a feed from Ryan Kesler but the good feeling didn't last long before Hertl responded.That led to chants of "We want Vegas!" and "Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!" down the stretch at the sold out Shark Tank."Any time you can score a goal after they score one pretty quickly, it kind of deflates their bench," forward Logan Couture said. "We get energy again. It brings energy back in the rink. Definitely felt good."Even though the Ducks were the team facing elimination, the Sharks looked more desperate at the start. San Jose got the first seven shots on goal in the game and took the early lead with another contribution from the fourth line.Sorensen, who spent most of the season in the AHL, took the rebound of Brent Burns' point shot and scored his third goal of the series less than six minutes into the game.NOTES: Perry had no points in the series. … Linesman Brad Kovachik left the game in the first period with an injury and was replaced by Mark Shewchyk. … San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan opened the dressing room door to lead the Sharks onto the ice pregame.—