The NHL's youngest team, averaging just more than 25 years in age, made the Chicago Blackhawks' first foray into the postseason in seven years.
Chicago beat the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks and headed to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1995.
But the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings proved too tough, ousting Chicago in five games and wrapping it up with Wednesday night's 2-1 overtime win - the third game of the series to go to an extra period.
A battle is looming between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anheuser-Busch over a proposed tax increase.
The team owners want to tax beer, wine, and cigarettes locally to underwrite a county takeover of the arena where they play.
The brewer's president flew to Columbus for meetings with Gov. Ted Strickland and legislators. A tax would defy local voters who repeatedly rejected public financing of the arena.