Choke job

The Blue Jackets had a chance to keep the heat on Pittsburgh in the race for second in the Metropolitan Division. But instead of capitalizing on an early 3-0 lead at Buffalo, the Jackets allowed 5 unanswered the rest of the way and absorbed a frustrating loss.

So the CBJ stays stuck on 92 points, while Pittsburgh takes to the ice late Saturday night at Vancouver with a chance to nudge in front in the standings.