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Brandon Dubinsky had minor surgery on his ankle.

It apparently wasn't anything structural. Dubinsky recorded one goal and five assists in Round 1's playoff loss to Pittsburgh.

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After challenging the Pittsburgh Penguins throughout the first round, Brandon Dubinsky is upbeat about the Blue Jackets going forward.

Columbus was eliminated in Game 6, but not before they scored three unanswered goals in the third period to nearly overcome the Penguins' 4-0 edge. "This isn't how anybody in this room wanted this to end," Dubinsky said. "All 27 of us believed we could beat that team, and we still feel that way. I want to play them again tomorrow, but I know that's not possible. We came a long way. We grew a lot as a team. We didn't go anywhere near as far as we wanted to go, but I can say it and mean it: I'm proud of these guys, and I'm excited as (heck) for the future here." Dubinsky had a goal and six points in six games in the playoffs.

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Brandon Dubinsky, who has played well in defending Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby during the Blue Jackets' first-round playoff series against the Penguins, missed Friday's team practice.

No worries about him playing Saturday in Pittsburgh, though. The Blue Jackets said Dubinsky was simply sitting out for maintenance reasons.

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Brandon Dubinsky has done a great job of limiting the damage Sidney Crosby can do in Columbus' first round series against Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jackets have tried to put out Dubinsky against Crosby as much as possible. Crosby has four assists in four playoff games, but he hasn't found the back of the net yet and has a minus-three rating. "(Crosby) is the best player in the game, no question," Dubinsky said. "He's got everything in his game. He's strong. He's fast. You're not ever going to shut down a guy like that, he's just too good of a player. But I'm getting a lot of help out there, and I've made a commitment that I'm going to leave every ounce of energy I have out there every night for this club, and we'll see where it goes."

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Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist in Columbus' 4-3 overtime victory on Wednesday.

Dubinsky scored with 24 seconds left in regulation time to force this contest to overtime. He now has six points in four playoff games.

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Brandon Dubinsky had two assists in Columbus' 4-3 loss on Monday.

That gives Dubinsky four points in three playoff games in 2014. He had 16 goals and 50 points in 76 contests this season.

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Brandon Dubinsky has 17 hits in the first two games of the series against Pittsburgh.

Dubinsky has played mostly against Sidney Crosby and the matchup will be easier in Games 3 and 4 as the Blue Jackets will have the last change. Coach Todd Richards could not play Dubinsky all the time against Sid the Kid as there were too many penalties and he could not manage it. "I've seen a more-focused Dubinsky," Richards said. "He's taken it to another level. This is the big stage. The big players want to be on the big stage. You want your opportunities in the big moments, and there are plenty of those this time of year."

Brandon Dubinsky C CLS 6 Months

Brandon Dubinsky tried to find the silver lining after Columbus blew a two-goal lead against Pittsburgh in Game 1.

"I liked the way our guys fought and played," Dubinsky said. "They made one more play than us. That's the way the playoffs go some times. We can't give them odd-man rushes. We gave them too many and they made us pay. But our guys know what to expect now, and they'll come ready to battle on Saturday." Columbus was a long shot to win this series going into the playoffs and they might have lost their best chance to get under the Penguins' skin by coughing up that lead. For his part, Dubinsky had an assist in the 4-3 loss.

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Brandon Dubinsky is expected to shift from center to a wing Friday night.

The Blue Jackets have to make some adjustments because Nick Foligno has joined Nathan Horton on the sidelines. Dubinsky has 46 points and 94 penalty minutes in 70 games this season.

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Brandon Dubinsky recorded an assist in a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Tuesday.

Dubinsky now has 45 points and 94 penalty minutes in 69 games this season. His assist was his 30th of the campaign, which is enough to tie his career-high.